Karin: It’s all so complicated.
Petra: No… Nothing is simple. Nothing at all. You have to understand what humility is.
Petra: You see… everyone has his own theory of the world. I believe you have to have humility to be able to bear what you know. I have humility in my work or in respect of the money I can earn or the many things that are stronger than myself.
Karin: I think ‘humility’ is a strange word. It reminds me of kneeling and praying.
A devastating film. The cinematography by Michael Ballhaus is a marvel. Making so much out of so little. Each performance, each frame, each sound … is perfect for Fassbinder’s vision of a confined world. I’ve seen the film fifteen, twenty times, but I’ve never found the bottom of its well.