Fassbinder Film Fest: Chinese Roulette

1976 drama

Rating: 15/20

Plot: Philandering spouses are totally busted by first each other and then their daughter when they all arrive at their country home. They decide to play a game.

I thought this was a very strange film. It was strange in a quiet way rather than a wacky way. The characters just don't act like normal people should, and there's this coldness to the style, the camera angles, and the framing that makes this almost chilling. I'm not quite sure what Fassbinder wants to say about people or relationships--especially marriage--here, but it's about as misanthropic as a movie can get.

Anna Karina is in this, and that always makes me smile.

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