Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (The Merchant of Four Seasons)
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Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (The Merchant of Four Seasons)
Der Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (The Merchant of Four Seasons) is about the deterioration of a man's soul. Fruit vendor Hans (Hans Hirschmüller) cannot please his family. His mother harps on his failures. His wife is openly discontent. He must peddle produce to his beloved ex-girlfriend, and he is mocked by his customers for being shorter and fatter than his wife. He is withdrawn, crushed, and humiliated. He turns to drinking and violence, but his rage causes his wife and daughter to leave him. While desperately begging for their return, Hans suffers a debilitating heart attack. His… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This soggy picture allows the disintegration of a human being to be almost as dull as the way he earns his living -- and that is appalling."
‑ Nora Sayre, New York Times
"What makes [Fassbinder's] vision so riveting, however, is its brutal honesty, brilliant theatricality, and masterly cinematic execution."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A pivotal work in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's career because it was the first film he made after meeting and befriending his muse Douglas Sirk in 1971."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Rainer Werner Fassbinder has a genius for detailing the pain of suppressed emotional states, and even at its most achingly deliberate, his style in dealing with the petit bourgeois mentality is a source of endless fascination."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"The soul-sucking nature of capitalism drives this brilliant film, but the rich characters and the almost constant tension keep it emotionally resonant."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"[Fassbinder] places the audience where they can be at once sympathetic to the characters' plights yet are able to be analytical when considering their actions."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"An unforgettable cantata, raspy and plangent, every composition attuned to circles of torment and frustration"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Fully realized emotionally draining but restrained melodrama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Bleak to the point of near-horror"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com