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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant

West Germany, 1972
Drama, LGBT+

Synopsis

Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer—arrogant, caustic, and self-satisfied. She’s in a fairly satisfactory S&M relationship with her assistant Marlene. When she develops an obsession with fashion model Karin, things become far more complicated in this tale of intermingled love and hate.

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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
The film drops the curtain of artifice as characters bare their souls and voice their most primitive emotional needs. Fassbinder elicits more naturalistic performances during these scenes and shoots some of them in close-up. It feels as though the director has broken through his style to achieve something universal and direct.
October 27, 2017
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Over the course of 124 minutes, Hermann doesn’t have a single line of dialogue. Yet from her first appearance to her final exit to the tune of the Platters’ “The Great Pretender,” Marlene’s masochistic devotion to and unrequited love for Petra von Kant is soul-breaking to witness.
July 03, 2016
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Like a lost chapter from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant has the trappings of an ancient story of Gods and monsters: a stiff poetry of immeasurable beauty, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s magnificent romance transcends human drama.
April 14, 2016
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