The Tobacconist (Der trafikant)


The Tobacconist (Der trafikant)

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Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud, a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis' arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?


Critic Reviews for The Tobacconist (Der trafikant)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

  • The film expertly captures the tensions in the Austrian capital on the eve of Hitler's takeover, and it also manages to be a vibrant coming-of-age story and an intriguing portrayal of Sigmund Freud, expertly portrayed by Bruno Ganz.

    Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • What ends up being more interesting than the period of the film is the romance between the young man and the young cabaret artist. [Full Review in Spanish]

    Jun 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The Tobacconist is full of formal and narrative setbacks.

    Jun 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [Director Nikolaus] Leytner understands that you don't need scenes of abuse by the Gestapo to capture the terrifying calm that preceded the storm. [Full review in Spanish]

    Jun 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A coming-of-age narrative set against the backdrop of impending war, The Tobacconist walks the line between the personal and the political with varying degrees of confidence.

    Oct 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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