Effi Briest (2009)





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Theodor Fontane's seminal, tragic 1894 novel Effi Briest received numerous screen adaptations up through the early 21st century, including (most prominently) a 1974 feature from Rainer Werner Fassbinder that emerged as one of the hallmarks of the New German Cinema. The 2009 version emerged at the hands of director Hermine Huntgeburth, and stars Julia Jentsch as Effi von Briest, a Prussian adolescent swept up in the throes of high society during the late 19th century. At the outset of the tale, Effi's mother, Luise (Juliane Koehler) sets her up with a romantic suitor decades older than she, Baron von Instetten (Sebastian Koch), with whom Luise herself has a history of romantic involvement. In truth, Effi passionately loves her cousin Dagobert (Mirko Lang), and has promised to dance with him, but she bows to social conventions by dancing instead with the Baron, and before long the nobleman gamely asks for her hand in marriage, which she obliges - again, solely out of respect for societal norms. They move to a port village together and Effi falls into a miserably unhappy lifestyle - until she experiences physical satisfaction via an affair with a handsome militaryman, Major Crampass (Misel Maticevic). Alas, their limited relationship ultimately leaves Effi with even greater feelings of emptiness.
Drama , Romance
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Julia Jentsch
as Effi Briest
Sebastian Koch
as Geert von Instetten
Juliane Köhler
as Luise von Briest
Misel Maticevic
as Major von Crampas
Thomas Thieme
as Herr von Briest
Rüdiger Vogler
as Herr Gieshübler
Barbara Auer
as Johanna
Margarita Broich
as Roswitha
Mirko Lang
as Dagobert von Briest
Sunnyi Melles
as Sidonie von Rasenapp
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