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A gentle film about a lion of a man who, as a communist, was forced to leave Germany, lived almost penniless in Europe and America during the war and returned to his homeland in 1948.
Intelligent, caustic take on a great writer and dubious human being.
The movie is full of fine performances, led by Josef Bierbichler as Brecht and Monica Bleibtreu as Helene Weigel, his wife.
Extremely well acted.
Poignant and delicately complex.
A well-acted and quiet character study of Brecht that clearly shows why the author was so tired during his last days, but tells little of his art or politics.
If the atmosphere of The Farewell conjures up a Greek tragedy, the mere sight of Brecht's typewriter speaks volumes about the brilliance of his art.
The author's devotees will probably find it fascinating; others may find it baffling.
Performances are all richly detailed, especially Bierbichler's and Monica Bleibtreu as the long suffering wife.
Schütte's dramatic snapshot of the artist three days before his death offers an interesting bit of speculation as to the issues Brecht faced as his life drew to a close.
This is a terrific character study, a probe into the life of a complex man.
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