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      I Only Want You to Love Me

      1976 1 hr. 44 min. Drama List
      100% 9 Reviews Tomatometer 89% 250+ Ratings Audience Score Peter (Vitus Zeplicha) is a hardworking bricklayer who lives a lonesome life. His parents are cruel and unloving and his wife (Elke Aberle) is distant. In an attempt to finally win their affection, Peter builds his parents a home. But when that fails to yield the desired result, he instead moves his wife to Munich and showers her with lavish gifts. And though he cannot afford this lifestyle, he keeps at it. The pressure ultimately proves too great and he loses control, succumbing to alcoholism. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member This Fassbinder film made in a hurry for television is always interesting, even if its non-linear structure is a bit distracting and it also lacks that sympathy that we usually see in his films towards the good-hearted, foolish protagonist who is doomed from the beginning. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member A great psychological character study - Fassbinder's makes the audience so sympathetic to Allerson that we must forgive him for his sins. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Fassbinder was a genius!!! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Simon Abrams House Next Door Without Rainer Werner Fassbinder's characteristic sense of detachment, the director's Sirkian melodrama I Only Want You to Love Me wouldn't be nearly as engrossing as it is. Feb 25, 2011 Full Review Stephen Holden New York Times A grim Germanic variation on a classic theme that can never bear too much repeating: Can't buy me love. Jan 15, 2005 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader Interesting if somewhat didactic. Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Andrew Lowry Total Film It's Fassbinder's eye for detail and psychology that drives things home. Rated: 4/5 Jun 12, 2012 Full Review Sean Axmaker Turner Classic Movies Online ... he brings a morose naturalism to the film even as creates an atmosphere of isolation through the performances. Dec 17, 2011 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Every image slices like a shiv Feb 13, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Peter (Vitus Zeplicha) is a hardworking bricklayer who lives a lonesome life. His parents are cruel and unloving and his wife (Elke Aberle) is distant. In an attempt to finally win their affection, Peter builds his parents a home. But when that fails to yield the desired result, he instead moves his wife to Munich and showers her with lavish gifts. And though he cannot afford this lifestyle, he keeps at it. The pressure ultimately proves too great and he loses control, succumbing to alcoholism.
      Director
      Rainer Werner Fassbinder
      Screenwriter
      Rainer Werner Fassbinder
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      German
      Release Date (DVD)
      Oct 1, 2015