Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (The Merchant of Four Seasons)
Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (The Merchant of Four Seasons) (1971)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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DVD Release Date: July 9, 2002
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nora Sayre
New York Times

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.

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Eric Melin

Fassbinder is going for realism, but almost a heightened, stagey version of it. This strategy makes the film more deeply felt, amplifying the awkwardness.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The soul-sucking nature of capitalism drives this brilliant film, but the rich characters and the almost constant tension keep it emotionally resonant.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

An unforgettable cantata, raspy and plangent, every composition attuned to circles of torment and frustration

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Fully realized emotionally draining but restrained melodrama.

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Christopher Machell

The Merchant of Four Seasons is often a difficult watch with little opportunity for respite, but it is also a rewarding, challenging and worthwhile one.

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TV Guide

What makes [Fassbinder's] vision so riveting, however, is its brutal honesty, brilliant theatricality, and masterly cinematic execution.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A turning point in Fassbinder's career with the consolidation of his style as a storyteller; a film in which he explores emotional tragedy using a… More
Marcus Woolcott
Fassbinder stops experimenting and goes back to storytelling, and the film is all the better for it.
Eric Broome
"The Merchant of Four Seasons" is a grim portrait of a troubled fruit seller. Scarred by an unloving mother and unrewarding stints in the Foreign… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Merchant of Four Seasons", Hans Epp(Hans Hirschmuller), an ex-soldier and former policeman, is now a fruit vendor along… More