Katzelmacher (Fassbinder, 1969)

Katzelmacher (R.W. Fassbinder, 1969)

Odd. Strange. Interesting. Fassbinder presents a bunch of 20-somethings who care about nothing, sit around without talking, and are just generally mean. Well, at least on the outside. Truthfully, the characters presented have a lot more on their minds than it seems. Throughout a large portion of the film they are hanging out in mixed and matched groups of at least three, and often more. But there are several key scenes (and many more towards the end) where these people are in one-on-one situations, and that’s where this film thrives. We start to get a feel for what is important to them, even if it is just the peeling back their top layer. But it means a lot given these characters’ lack of openness. Unfortunately, the film is just a little too mean for me.  7.5/10


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