Fear of Fear

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  • 1975
  • 1 hr 28 min
  • 7.4  (1,965)

In Fear of Fear, Margit Carstensen delivers a stunning performance as Margot, a young wife and mother who begins to experience panic attacks and a growing fear of nothing in particular. Her husband, Kurt (Ulrich Faulhaber), is a cold and distant figure who dismisses her concerns, leaving Margot feeling increasingly isolated. As her anxieties escalate, Margot becomes reliant on prescription medication and withdraws from her friends and family. She finds comfort in the company of her elderly neighbor, Martha (Brigitte Mira), who becomes her confidante and support.

Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder deftly portrays the inner turmoil of Margot, using a combination of subjective camera angles, rapid cutting, and stark sound design to convey the overwhelming intensity of her anxiety. Carstensen's nuanced performance captures the subtleties of Margot's emotional journey, from the initial onset of fear to the gradual unraveling of her sanity.

Fear of Fear is an unflinching exploration of mental illness and the toll it takes on those who suffer from it. It is a haunting portrait of a woman in crisis, struggling to find meaning and purpose in a world that seems intent on crushing her spirit.

The film's themes of alienation, isolation, and the struggle for self-acceptance are timeless, and resonate as strongly today as they did when the film was first released in 1975. Fear of Fear is a masterful piece of cinema that manages to be both deeply unsettling and deeply moving. It is a film that stays with you long after the credits have rolled.

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    1 hr 28 min
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    7.4  (1,965)