Tuesday, November 1, 2016

I Only Want You to Love Me 1976

     This film is based on a true story from a German anthology called Life Sentence by Klaus Antes and Christine Erhardt.  Peter Trepper works hard and he just wants to be loved.  He builds a house for his parents so they will love him.  He marries a neighbor, Erika and they have a baby son.  He wants her to have everything everyone else has and he wants her to love him.  He works hard in construction as a bricklayer but he keeps buying items on installment payment plans.  He has to ask his father for money and he hates doing that.  He takes a holiday because his boss says he looks terrible from working too hard.  He starts not taking the train, not going to work and wandering aimlessly.  He doesn’t know what he’s going to do about the bills?  Erika asks about the payments and money but he lies to her.  He’s getting in deeper and deeper because he wants them to love him.
     This film is grim except for the flowers Peter is always buying and the young baby.  There is grimness in the scenery, weather, cities, workplaces, train station and the money situation.  The outcome seems to become inevitable without a doubt about where it is going.  Pressure on Peter is mounting constantly.  3* (This movie is OK)  

104 min, TV Movie, Drama directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder with Vitus Zeplichal, Elke Aberle, Alexander Allerson, Erni Mangold, Johanna Hofer, Wolfgang Hess, Erika Runge. 

Note:  Imdb 8.0 out of 10, 100% critic 87% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 3* out of 5* with 1 review, Letterboxed 3 1/2*.
Special Note:  This movie was filmed in Munich and Grunwald, Bavaria, Germany.  There were legal problems that caused a delay in the release of this film.  The title in German is Ich Will Doch Nur, Dass Ihr Mich Liebt.

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