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by Rainer Werner Fassbinder


Fruit vendor Hans 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 He is withdrawn, crushed, and humiliated.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 can not meet the high standards of his mother, he has to give up his job as a police officer when he gets involved with a prostitute in the office. He turns to drinking and violence, but his rage causes his wife and daughter to leave him. While desperately begging for their return, he suffers a debilitating heart attack. His family comes back, but Hans is unable to work and must hire help for his fruit stand. Hans' first employee is his wife's ex-lover, whom he fires for embezzling. He then hires a friend and hero from his legionnaire days, Harry, out of pity. Harry is hardworking, diligent, and clever. He turns Hans' business around and enlivens his home life. Harry's success also begins to displace Hans...

international title: The Merchant of Four Seasons
original title: Händler der vier Jahreszeiten
country: Georgia
year: 1972
genre: fiction
directed by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
film run: 88'
screenplay: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
cast: Hans Hirschmüller, Irm Hermann, Hanna Schygulla
cinematography by: Dietrich Lohmann
film editing: Thea Eymèsz
art director: Kurt Raab
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