Goethe! (Young Goethe in Love)


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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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
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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (21)

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

Jun 19, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 17, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Pain plus time, this film reminds us, can result in poetry.

Jan 19, 2012 | Rating: 3/4

What was Sturm and Drang then veers close to camp and kitsch now.

Jan 19, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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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.

Jan 19, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Dec 8, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Goethe! (Young Goethe in Love)

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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In 18th century Europe, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe is a young scholar with abundant affection, but challenged by a competition. Iambic, but considerably hackneyed, Goethe! eventually conquered simplicity and monotony by abandoning the conventions of the genre satisfying the audience with an unexpected accommodating resolution. Enlightened.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

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