"Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven"
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
A major Fassbinder
film. Mother Kusters finds herself suddenly widowed. Her husband was a factory worker who
one day goes berserk, killing the boss' son and throwing himself into the machinery. Her
daughter, a would-be chanteuse, moves in with a muckraking journalist to further her
career. Soon the dead man's life is distorted throughout pages of a cheap tabloid.
Fassbinder paints a world where the honest and the good fall prey to a system of corrupt
media and politics, a world where only small kindnesses carry relief to overwhelming
suffering. German with English subtitles.