In a Year with 13 Moons (In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden)
In a Year with 13 Moons (In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden) (1978)

This bizarre Fassbinder drama centers around Elvira Weishaupt's lonely quest for love. Elvira is a man who became a woman to please his/her man. Just prior to that, Elvira had been jilted by her previous live-in partner, a man. However,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 17, 1978
DVD Release Date: April 13, 2004
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

In Fassbinder's portrait of the gleamingly rebuilt Frankfurt as an emotionally devastated wasteland, Fascism-the need of some to dominate and of others to endure-comes off as a woeful constant of the heart.

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TV Guide

The story is as bizarre as Fassbinder himself seems to have been, cluing us into the darker side of his private life.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

One bizarre film, even for Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Quintessential Fassbinder.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a passionate and messy film portraying loneliness, societal cruelties and victimization as powerful as its ever been presented on the screen.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Comes down to a series of operatic examinations of questions pertaining to free will, chance, cause and effect, moral responsibility, self-sacrifice and spiritual atonement.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The subject invites easy compassion and pity, but Fassbinder's icy camera style keeps us at arm's length, calling up a much more complex response.

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Christopher Null

Far-fetched and ultimately small, Fassbinder ties to put a metaphysical and cosmological wrapper arond all of this, leading to a very muddy experience.

Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Fassbinder uses a personal loss as starting point for another depressing story about exploitation that doesn't dare offer any easy answers, even though the… More