Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven (1975) - Rotten Tomatoes

Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven (1975)




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Mother Kusters (Brigette Kira) is the wife of a factory worker who goes beserk one day, killing himself and the boss' son. Mother finds herself a media celebrity, which only serves to make herself and her late husband look like idiots. Later, Mother is "adopted" by a Communist couple who wish to exploit her husband's "act of defiance" for their own purposes. Finally left alone, Mother Kusters decides to stop living off her husband's notoriety and turn into a human being again. Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder used the 1929 film Mother Krausen's Journey to Happiness as a springboard for his own mysoginistic slant on opportunism. The film hit a bit too close to home in his own country, where it was banned from entering the Berlin Film Festival. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Brigitte Mira
as Mother Kusters
Ingrid Caven
as Corinna Corinne
Margit Carstensen
as Mrs. Thalmann
Karlheinz Böhm
as Mr. Thalmann
Irm Hermann
as Helene Kusters
Gottfried John
as Niemeyer Man in nightclub
Peter Kern
as Nightclub manager
Peter Chatel
as Photographer
Armin Meier
as Ernst Kusters
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Critic Reviews for Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

A witty, spare, beautifully performed political comedy.

July 25, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

No other director understands the strength of mediocre minds as does Fassbinder; when his films don't slip into derision, they can be ineffably moving, as this one is.

January 1, 2000

Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven ... is a complex look at the social and emotional consequences, both overt and subterranean, of a society based on exploitation.

February 15, 2021 | Full Review…

For those who have not yet dribbled their toes in the cold waters of Fassbinder's psyche, Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven... is a worthy introduction.

October 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Fassbinder created another emotionally distancing, disturbing, yet always funny and fascinating picture.

September 18, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The provocative filmmaker manages to show worker exploitation on the left while still hitting hard at the right.

May 19, 2006 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven

Has pacing issues in the middle, but the viewer's patience is rewarded with two cracking endings.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer


Fassbinder's satire looks at the life of a middle-aged woman and her family after the death of her husband. Comic at times, dramatic others, and cynical throughout, with quiet desperation undercutting everything, here is a film bored with thinking and thought and the perception of better living through either.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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