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Faust (2013)

Faust (2013)



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.

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Employing elaborate camera movements, a dense soundscape, intricate production design and spectacular locations, FAUST conjures up a unique and phantasmagoric vision of the Faustian legend. Faust, played by Johannes Zeiler, is a man in search of the ideals of the Enlightenment but he becomes obsessed with the lovely Magarethe (Isolda Dychauk) and eventually sells his soul to the Devil (Anton Adasinsky) also known as the Moneylender, so that he may possess her. Comic, cosmic, painterly and stunningly beautiful scenes abound as the Devil takes Faust on a strange, unforgettable journey that ends in Hell itself. (c) Leisure Time Features


Johannes Zeiler
as Heinrich Faust
Anton Adasinsky
as Geldverleiher the Moneylender
Isolda Dychauk
as Margarete
Hanna Schygulla
as Geldverleiher's Wife
Antje Lewald
as Margarete's Mother
Maxim Mehmet
as Valentin's Friend
Sigurdur Skúlason
as Faust's Father
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Critic Reviews for Faust

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (10)

A grueling side show of a film, a morbid, mightily uninvolving piece ...

Full Review… | November 21, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Compared to many Sokurov films, this one has an enlivening paradoxicality: it's morbid but upbeat, grim yet rapturous.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Faust's worldview may be esoteric, but its vision is lucid.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
Top Critic

Aleksandr Sokurov's demented, gunky take on the Faust legend tumbles from one scene into the next with loping, loopy energy.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Settle in, because this requires your charity, but you'll dream it all back up the next night.

Full Review… | November 12, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Taylor Brown
Taylor Brown

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.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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.

Matty Stanfield
Matty Stanfield

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