“Rainer Werner Fassbinder's most harshly stylized and perhaps most significant film.” - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant is a scalding feat of hermetic obsession, another of the director’s films that locates the not-quite-tangible overlay between passion, empathy, titillation, and debasement.” - Chuck Bowen, Slant

This unforgettable dissection of the imbalanced relationship between a haughty fashion designer and a beautiful ingenue - based, in a sly gender reversal, on his own desperate obsession with a young actor - is a true Fassbinder affair, featuring full-throttle performances by an all-female cast.


Awards and Nominations
Nominee - Golden Berlin Bear, Berlin Film Festival
Winner - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Margit Carstensen) - German Film Awards
Winner - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Eva Mattes) - German Film Awards


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