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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.
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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.
Faust's worldview may be esoteric, but its vision is lucid.
Aleksandr Sokurov's demented, gunky take on the Faust legend tumbles from one scene into the next with loping, loopy energy.
Settle in, because this requires your charity, but you'll dream it all back up the next night.
For those looking to leave reality behind for some exquisitely-crafted existentialist musings, Faust is a must-see, operatic arthouse event.
If you like your cinema absurd and grotesque, Sokurov's Faust won't disappoint.
Surviving 139 minutes of this barrage of profuse but elusive imagery and sound is something of an ordeal.
Sokurov's [Faust] has a distinctly human scale, yet he flattens the tale's meaning.
Aleksandr Sokurov's tetralogy of power, previously dedicated to real biographical subjects (Lenin, Hitler, Hirohito), unexpectedly concludes with a legendary fictitious man: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust.
The ying-yang approach, remarkably different from any other interpretation of the source I've seen, is equally invigorating and frustrating, but in the best way.
A medieval doctor who's bored with life sells his soul to a Moneylender in exchange for one night with a beautiful young woman. A fairly surreal and occasionally confusing version of Goethe's classic, Aleksandr Sokurov's adaptation is rewarding, but not intended for literary novices.
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