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The Farewell-Movie Review 01/24/2011

Posted by Films to consider in Based on true story, Biographical, German language film, Light Drama, Movies.

The Farewell (German) 2000
Abschied – Brechts letzter Sommer

Directed by Jan Schütte
Written by Klaus Pohl
Starring Josef Bierbichler

The peculiar, emotional, and sometimes amusing dynamics of the “extended family” of famous playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht (Bierbichler) during what turns out to be one of the last days of his life in 1956.

Included in the menagerie that surround him at his vacation cottage are his wife and daughter, his assistants, his current and former mistresses, and a philosopher/political activist about to be arrested for treason along with his wife (who is also a lover of Brecht). Plans to return to Berlin that day are underway so that Brecht can rehearse one of his plays. Although his health isn’t good, he continues to write through all the activity and tensions around him. And, most especially, he wants his missing hat.

More psychological portrait of an artist than action-oriented plot.

91 min. Not rated. Some nudity.




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