The Farewell
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It is one of the last days of an exceptionally hot summer. Bertolt Brecht is about to leave his lakeside house among the tall birches in Brandenburg to return to Berlin for the upcoming theater season. Most of the women in his life are there: his wife Helene Weigel, daughter Barbara, the old lover Ruth Berlau, his latest flame, the nubile actress Kathe Reichel and the sensuous Isot Kilian, whose affections and body he shares with the rebel political activist Wolfgang Harich. They swim, write, eat, drink and philosophize about art, politics, the basic tenets of life - and throughout, the Stasi… 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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