copy to clipboard

The Merchant of Four Seasons

Plugin not supported.
Original title
Händler der vier Jahreszeiten
Running time
89 min.
Germany - West Germany (FRG) Germany - West Germany (FRG)
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Rocco Granata
Dietrich Lohmann
, , , , , , , , , , ,
Tango Film
Synopsis / Plot
Der Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (The Merchant of Four Seasons) is one of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's several "bourgeois films" that depict and critique middle-class society. The film deceptively unfolds like a standard bourgeois melodrama: there is the black sheep son, the disappointed mother, the unhappy wife, the sympathetic sister. Its protagonist, Hans (Hans Hirschmüller), deteriorates predictably: the love of his life marries another for prestige, his mother openly despises him, his wife manipulates him, he cannot run his business himself, and he drinks himself to death. Yet, these generic constructs match the middle-class ritual that emasculates and destroys men like Hans. When his loving sister defends him to his family, he hushes her. Hans has accepted his place as the pathetic character that they describe. He does not know enough to blame those around him for his emotional destruction, and (as brilliantly embodied by Hirschmüller) cannot leave them for a better life because they have already sucked up his courage and strength. Many films attack the bourgeois, but very few have the guts to show a heterosexual man as its victim. Hans' story is both different and effective. Aubry Anne D'Arminio - All Movie Guide.
1971: 2 German Film Award: Best Actor and Actress
Movie Soulmates' ratings
Register so you can access movie recommendations tailored to your movie taste.
Friends' ratings
Register so you can check out ratings by your friends, family members, and like-minded members of the FA community.
Is the synopsis/plot summary missing? Do you want to report a spoiler, error or omission? Please send us a message.
If you are not a registered user please send us an email to

All copyrighted material (movie posters, DVD covers, stills, trailers) and trademarks belong to their respective producers and/or distributors.

For US ratings information please visit:
FAQs | Privacy policy / use conditions | Privacy configuration
© 2002-2019 Filmaffinity - Movieaffinity | Filmaffinity is a movie recommendation site based on the concept of Movie Soulmates.
We are an independent movie lovers club worldwide with 646.000 users + 133.000.000 ratings. Not related to any Media or Corporation.
All Rights Reserved | Movie Soulmates™ is a Registered Trademark