Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2014)



Critic Consensus: Age of the Uprising is well-acted and skillfully composed; unfortunately, it crawls along too slowly to take advantage of its finer qualities.

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An epic drama set in 16th century France against a backdrop of feudalism in decline, AGE OF UPRISING: THE LEGEND MICHAEL KOHLHAAS stars Mads Mikkelsen (A ROYAL AFFAIR, VALHALLA RISING, Hannibal) as a well-to-do horse merchant who resorts to fanatical and violent extremes to obtain justice after a nobleman openly and illegally humiliates him by stealing two of his horses. Adapted from Heinrich von Kleist's novella, a classic of German Romanticism, MICHAEL KOHLHAAS was previously adapted for film … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Arnaud des Pallières, Christelle Berthevas
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as Michael Kohlhaas

as Clergyman

as Governor

as Theologian

as Princess

as Jeremie

as One-armed Man

as César

as Abbess

as Kohlhaas

as Elisabeth

as Von Tronka

as Elector

as Chancellor
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Critic Reviews for Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6)

The film is almost monotonously somber, though not in a bad way -- when it erupts into violence or settles briefly into moments of intimacy, the shift in tone can be surprising, even invigorating.

Full Review… | June 5, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It can be quite powerful on the rare occasions when it allows raw emotion to make its way to the surface.

Full Review… | June 5, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

The severely beautiful film is painted in a dauntingly austere manner, as if lost in a war against itself, with confrontations underplayed and the rural landscapes making more of an impression than the detoured drama.

Full Review… | May 29, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

It's a strong story of lonely, even futile righteousness, which makes the plodding execution by director Arnaud des Pallierès somewhat mystifying.

Full Review… | May 29, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

This muted approach robs the film of sorely needed momentum, but offers a rare opportunity for contemplation, a trade-off that only occasionally satisfies.

Full Review… | May 27, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

Des Pallières also hears his historical era: the richly detailed sound design, of jostles and clanks and wind, compensates partially for the film's often deliberate pace.

Full Review… | June 4, 2014

Audience Reviews for Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas

If you've decided to buy a house in France and want to know what the Cevennes region looks like, watch this film. Otherwise there is really no point.
The film has two main problems. The first one is material, the story calls for castles being destroyed, hundreds of men fighting and glorious court scenes... but the money's not there so everything is done on the cheap. For instance, when a man is attacked by a pack of dogs, instead of shooting that which would have required stuntmen the director just shows the reaction of the people watching the scene... cheap trick which leaves an impression of having been robbed of a good scene.
Even more problematic, this story is a richman's story. A wealthy farmer, living in a lush landscape attracting the rapacious attention of the local lord. That's basically the setting of a western. The film instead shoots it like a samurai movie. It's set in the barest landscape in France where a horse would never survive, there's barely a house around, people SHOULD starve, look like lean wolves ready to jump on the smallest piece of meat passing by them. This dichotomy is a catastrophe, everything's off. These people talk as if they had money yet we do see they have none... the result after two minutes of incomprehension is advanced levels of boredom.

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