Warum Lauft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?)
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Warum Lauft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?)
A technical designer enjoys a comfortable life with his wife and child. He has the approval of his boss and is in good health except for smoking too much according to his doctor. His wife is visited by a girlfriend one Sunday afternoon. The man is bored watching television and grabs a chandelier and kills the conversing women and his child. In a chilling display of nonchalance, he contemplates his own death by hanging in this disturbing feature. This film was the fourth for director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fassbinder and Fengler opt to impress upon us a sense of almost unbearable tedium, a strategy so effective that, when drama arrives in the film's closing minutes, the eruption of violence feels like a kind of relief."
‑ Calum Marsh, Village Voice
"Fassbinder navigates carefully between mockery and empathy, heightening the interior drama with his superior staging."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A dark and bitter work that is difficult for some viewers and fascinating for others."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"With a sardonic, scalpel-like technique, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and his co-director, Michael Fengler, calmly and gleefully flay the West German version of the American dream."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"provocative film that certainly isn't easy to forget%u2014as long as you patiently sit through its entirety"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Works as caustic anti-theater theater."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A revealing demonstration of how the style of a Fassbinder film becomes its subject."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Mysterious, mesmerizing."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"'Its condemnation of the acceptance of life as determined by societal convention is so strongly felt that the extremity of the finale is...as encouraging as it is disturbing.'"
‑ Derek Smith, Cinematic Reflections
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