Die Bitteren Tršnen der Petra von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant)
Die Bitteren Tršnen der Petra von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant) (1972)

This tale of intermingled love and hate is directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and is the 13th of the 33 films he made in his short life. It explores the universal dynamics present in close human relationships, even lesbian ones. Petra… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: March 29, 2005
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nora Sayre
New York Times

Even those who love pain will be frustrated by The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant.

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Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog

The DVD cover tagline is "sex is the ultimate weapon," but of course, it's only about sex at all insofar as it's about the relationship of sex to everything else.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Features an all-female cast, all uniformly smashing.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's most harshly stylized and perhaps most significant film.

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Michael Scheinfeld
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A brilliantly directed and performed psychodrama.

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Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections

'A brilliant depiction of the manipulation inherent in every relationship and the lengths to which people will go to stay with the ones they love.'

Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

A frigid hothouse in four acts and one epilogue, the equal of the best of Losey or Duras

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Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com

Irresistibly soporific.

Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Not exactly the most comfortable film of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's career.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A very sharp, thought-provoking and also superbly directed story, conceived within a perfect 4-act-and-an-epilogue structure and having only a room as stage to… More
Eric Broome
"The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant" may be dull, but it's a tribute to director R.W. Fassbinder's mise en scene that it's not even… More
Matheus Carvalho
It's incredible how Fassbinder was able to expertly use one single set and frame it in all ways possible to please his deliciously black humour in order to… More
Ivan Descartin
My second Fassbinder film, "The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant" has caught me off-guard on how insightful its screenplay really is in terms of… More
Anthony Lawrie
My favourite Fassbinder film so far by a mile! It takes a good script and great actors to make a film that is essentially shot in just one room feel exciting.… More
Anastasia Bartzoulianou
A superb lesson on composition and symbolism, this film by Fassbinder is an essay on human relationships, lust and love. Shot in a single room with a cast of… More