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The Farewell

The Farewell (2002)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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Infused with a mood of apprehension and decay, this film concerns theatrical luminary Bertolt Brecht (played by Josef Bierbichler) and his inner circle on the final day of their summer vacation in 1956. Set entirely in Brecht's summer house in the East German countryside, the guests consist largely of the writer's lovers, past and present. Brecht's wife Hellene Weigel (Monika Bleibtreu) -- Helli for short -- has taken a remarkably charitable view of her husband's philandering. Brecht's current

Unrated,

Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Klaus Pohl

Jul 19, 2005

New Yorker Films

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A gentle film about a lion of a man who, as a communist, was forced to leave Germany, lived almost penniless in Europe and America during the war and returned to his homeland in 1948.

June 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Intelligent, caustic take on a great writer and dubious human being.

January 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Newsday
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The movie is full of fine performances, led by Josef Bierbichler as Brecht and Monica Bleibtreu as Helene Weigel, his wife.

January 16, 2002
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Extremely well acted.

January 16, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Poignant and delicately complex.

January 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A well-acted and quiet character study of Brecht that clearly shows why the author was so tired during his last days, but tells little of his art or politics.

May 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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If the atmosphere of The Farewell conjures up a Greek tragedy, the mere sight of Brecht's typewriter speaks volumes about the brilliance of his art.

January 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The author's devotees will probably find it fascinating; others may find it baffling.

January 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Citysearch
Citysearch

Performances are all richly detailed, especially Bierbichler's and Monica Bleibtreu as the long suffering wife.

January 18, 2002 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Schütte's dramatic snapshot of the artist three days before his death offers an interesting bit of speculation as to the issues Brecht faced as his life drew to a close.

January 16, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is a terrific character study, a probe into the life of a complex man.

November 28, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC.com
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  • Abschied - Brechts letzter Sommer (DE)
  • The Farewell (Abschied - Brechts letzter Sommer) (UK)
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