Cinema: Kusters' Stand

MOTHER KUSTERS GOES TO HEAVEN

Directed by RAINER FASSBINDER Screenplay by RAINER FASSBINDER and KURT RAAB

Middleaged, heavyset, slow of step and quiet of speech. Mother Kusters is betrayed by her eyes. Even when she is hurt and puzzled—which is much of the time in this movie—there is something lively and shrewd in them. One senses that in tragic circumstances she has found a challenge worthy of the reserves of fortitude and understanding she has been treasuring up through a dreary little life.

What has happened is that her apparently mild-mannered and totally acceptant...

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