Critic Consensus: It strays from the source, but whatever it might lack in fidelity, Aleksandr Sokurov's lengthy, ambitious Faust more than makes up in fresh energy and ideas.
as Heinrich Faust
as Geldverleiher the Moneylender
as Geldverleiher's Wife
as The Monk
as Margarete's Mother
as Valentin's Friend
as Faust's Father
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Critic Reviews for Faust
A grueling side show of a film, a morbid, mightily uninvolving piece ...
Compared to many Sokurov films, this one has an enlivening paradoxicality: it's morbid but upbeat, grim yet rapturous.
The movie expands in its frame, surpassing simple comprehension and continuing to grow in your mind - and perhaps to blow it - long after it's over.
Aleksandr Sokurov's demented, gunky take on the Faust legend tumbles from one scene into the next with loping, loopy energy.
Audience Reviews for Faust
Hard to follow with the apparent German dubbing and then English subtitles, and doesn't seem to follow the original story very closely. Needs to be taken on its own merit, which is difficult considering it doesn't live up to expectations of the title.
Between a 6/10 and 7/10, Aleksandr Sokurov's demented, gunky take on the Faust legend tumbles from one scene into the next with loping, loopy energy.
Odd, eccentric and surreal on every level -- Sokurov has crafted a truly unique spin on Faust. The stylistic devices, while inspired by F. W. Murnau, belong to Sokurov. An unforgettable film experience. Am puzzled by the low ratings.
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