Goethe! (Young Goethe in Love) (2011)

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Germany 1772 - the young and tumultuous Johann Goethe (Alexander Fehling) aspires to be a poet but after failing his law exams, is sent by his father (Henry Huebchen) to a sleepy provincial court to mend his ways. At first, he tries to do his best and wins the praise and friendship of his superior Kestner (Moritz Bleibtreu). But then Lotte (Miriam Stein) enters his life and nothing is the same as before. However, Johann is unaware that Lotte is in fact already promised by her father (Burghart Klaußner) to Kestner. The dramatic and unfulfilled love between the poet and Lotte was the template for his masterpiece "The Sorrows of Young Werther." -- (C) Music Box
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Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Alexander Fehling
as Johann Goethe
Miriam Stein
as Lotte Buff
Moritz Bleibtreu
as Albert Kestner
Volker Bruch
as Jerusalem
Burghart Klaussner
as Lotte's Father
Henry Hübchen
as Johann's Father
Hans-Michael Rehberg
as Judiciary President Kammermeier
Linn Sara Reusse
as Anna Buff
Hans Michael Rehberg
as Judiciary President Kammermeier
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Critic Reviews for Goethe! (Young Goethe in Love)

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (21)

Stylistically, the most engaging aspect of the picture is Stölzl's direction.

Full Review… | June 19, 2013
The New Republic
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An old-fashioned romance that's easy to like even if you have no interest in German literature, illegal duels or the more romantic aspects of committing suicide.

Full Review… | February 16, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Pain plus time, this film reminds us, can result in poetry.

January 19, 2012
Seattle Times
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What was Sturm and Drang then veers close to camp and kitsch now.

Full Review… | January 19, 2012
Boston Globe
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The story of a talented but not yet mature young man who stumbles upon the topic that would lead to his fame: love, and the loss of it.

Full Review… | January 19, 2012
Arizona Republic
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Like a porcelain dish commemorating a famous person, this biopic has little to teach us about the great German writer but sure makes him look adorable.

Full Review… | December 8, 2011
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Goethe! (Young Goethe in Love)

The movie Goethe is a wonderful movie that had great plot and amazing charters. One of the scenes made me feel a little bit uncomfortable because when i had turned my head back to the movie two of the characters were doing it in the dirty while it rained . I honestly thought it was messed up how that girl was playing around with Goethe and then got engaged to the one rich guy which made him pretty depressed and then he died and the book he was writing was published after he died and it was given to his father all around it was a good movie

dylan  Mckenzie
dylan Mckenzie

With Johann Goethe(Alexander Fehling) in short order flunking his doctoral exam and being rejected by a publisher, it is no wonder that his father(Henry Hubchen) sends him to the provinces to apprentice under the very watchful eye of Albert Kestner(Moritz Bleibtreu). At least, Johann makes a quick friend in Wilhelm Jerusalem(Volker Bruch) but the dancing leaves a little something to be desired. At least, until Johann bumps into Lotte Buff(Miriam Stein) and hears her sing in church. "Young Goethe in Love" is a mixed bag to say the least, starting with its visuals which include a couple of superb shots but is more often than not rather shoddy. In trying to show that a writer needs to have experience before setting pen to paper, the movie depicts Goethe's early story as little more than just another banal story of romance. That's all the while there is something much darker going on beneath the surface which while leading to a few surprises that salvage the movie also almost go unacknowledged until the postcript.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Really nice, beautiful, and essentially true story about a great mind. A classic style love story produced in a literate, artistic, and tasteful manner...much unlike most cheap Hollywood romance productions these days. Really well done film...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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