Effi Briest

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Movie Info

Tragedy follows when a baron's (Sebastian Koch) unhappy bride (Julia Jentsch) has a steamy affair with a dashing officer (Misel Maticevic).

Cast & Crew

Julia Jentsch
Effi Briest
Sebastian Koch
Geert von Instetten
Misel Maticevic
Major von Crampas
Juliane Köhler
Luisa von Briest
Thomas Thieme
Herr von Briest
Rudiger Vogler
Herr Gieshubler
Mirko Lang
Dagobert von Briest
Sunnyi Melles
Sidonie von Rasenapp
Volker Einrauch
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Critic Reviews for Effi Briest (Fontane Effi Briest)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (3)

  • Filmed in black and white, with extraordinary delicacy and reserve, this is one of Fassbinder's best films.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Tony Rayns

    Time Out
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  • It's visually beguiling -- its cameramen having found shades of gray between black and white I'm not sure I've seen before -- and it is performed by the Fassbinder stock company with the precision and style one seldom finds outside the legitimate theater.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The slow, deliberate pace is sometimes taxing, but this story of a 16-year-old girl locked in the boredom of a loveless marriage is perfectly suited to Fassbinder's stifling mise-en-scene.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • The best collaboration between Fassbinder and frequent star Schygulla, who delivers a truly affecting turn in the title role.

    August 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's so visually boring, insanely talkative, arrogantly formalistic.

    August 4, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Compelling viewing for the delicate way it unfolds and leaves a tingling feeling there's a lot more going on than it seems.

    May 15, 2006 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Effi Briest (Fontane Effi Briest)

  • May 22, 2016
    Gave up half way through, definitely not one of Fassbinder's best works.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2013
    Fassbinder directs this period piece with an impressive technical sophistication, something evident in the exquisite mise-en-scène and cinematography. And he finds in Fontane's criticism of society a perfect material to be adapted by him, although the result is a bit too long.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2012
    My readers know that I am not usually a fan of period pieces but this one works well.
    John B Super Reviewer

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