The Farewell
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Infused with a mood of apprehension and decay, this film concerns theatrical luminary Bertolt Brecht (played by Josef Bierbichler) and his inner circle on the final day of their summer vacation in 1956. Set entirely in Brecht's summer house in the East German countryside, the guests consist largely of the writer's lovers, past and present. Brecht's wife Hellene Weigel (Monika Bleibtreu) -- Helli for short -- has taken a remarkably charitable view of her husband's philandering. Brecht's current mistress, young actress Kathe Reichel (Jeanette Hain) is one of their guests,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Extremely well acted."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"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."
‑ Ed Kelleher, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Intelligent, caustic take on a great writer and dubious human being."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Poignant and delicately complex."
‑ Leslie Camhi, Village Voice
"The author's devotees will probably find it fascinating; others may find it baffling."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, Citysearch
"This is a terrific character study, a probe into the life of a complex man."
‑ Michael Thomson,
"The movie is full of fine performances, led by Josef Bierbichler as Brecht and Monica Bleibtreu as Helene Weigel, his wife."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"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."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Performances are all richly detailed, especially Bierbichler's and Monica Bleibtreu as the long suffering wife."
‑ , E! Online
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