One of the best films about America’s death drive.
NOTEBOOK: Did you intentionally just quote Diary of a Country Priest? “Everything is grace.”
HONG: Oh, yeah, yeah. Maybe one of the reasons I liked that film when I saw it for the first time was because of that dialogue at the end. It touches me deeply. It’s what I keep saying to myself every day.
NOTEBOOK: It is all grace.
HONG: Everything. Whether we acknowledge it, it is grace.
Fassbinder uses the same trick over and over again throughout this film. A sequence begins in closeup or in a two shot. There's a conversation. And then, gradually, the camera pulls back to reveal one or two other people who serve as an audience. It's their presence that generates the tension, the awkwardness, the anxiety. This is Fassbinder's FACES -- a story told in reaction shots.