Faust
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Employing elaborate camera movements, a dense soundscape, intricate production design and spectacular locations, FAUST conjures up a unique and phantasmagoric vision of the Faustian legend. Faust, played by Johannes Zeiler, is a man in search of the ideals of the Enlightenment but he becomes obsessed with the lovely Magarethe (Isolda Dychauk) and eventually sells his soul to the Devil (Anton Adasinsky) also known as the Moneylender, so that he may possess her. Comic, cosmic, painterly and stunningly beautiful scenes abound as the Devil takes Faust on a strange, unforgettable journey that ends… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A grueling side show of a film, a morbid, mightily uninvolving piece ..."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Aleksandr Sokurov's demented, gunky take on the Faust legend tumbles from one scene into the next with loping, loopy energy."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
"Aleksandr Sokurov's German-language adaptation of Faust is dense with hard-to-forget imagery, but impenetrable for much of its runtime."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"Much of the dialogue is scatological humor that's leadenly unfunny, like a professor reading out loud from "Tristam Shandy.""
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, Electric Sheep
"I can't be content to burble about the surface effects of Faust, or use the Silly Putty method of critical exegesis to twist it into a justifiable shape. Instead I have to say: Faust is shameful."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"The movie expands in its frame, surpassing simple comprehension and continuing to grow in your mind - and perhaps to blow it - long after it's over."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Settle in, because this requires your charity, but you'll dream it all back up the next night."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Maintains a certain mesmerizing power and a surreal beauty that sticks with you despite making you gag at times at its self-indulgence and impenetrability."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Darren Aronoskfy, president of the Venice Film Festival in 2011, stated that Faust...is a film you cannot forget once you've seen it. In a way, he's right, though this writer still doubts whether the memory you are left with is a fond one."
‑ Nikola Grozdanovic, The Playlist
"Sokurov's Faust is a work of crushing tedium, relieved only by the spare moments of beauty that pop out like dandelions in a washed-out landscape of oppression and grotesquerie."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"Faust's worldview may be esoteric, but its vision is lucid."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"The film has the lingering feel of being dry-hump-assaulted by an unwashed psychotic."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"...even if not all of Sokurov's meaning is clear, it is fascinating to wander through this world steeped in morbid corporeality and radiant innocence. The effect is often like being inside the paintings of Bosch and Bruegel..."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Compared to many Sokurov films, this one has an enlivening paradoxicality: it's morbid but upbeat, grim yet rapturous."
‑ Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com
"Though its ballast of jokes and spectacle are formidable, it often lurches about at a remote, enigmatic distance."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
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