The Farewell
The Farewell (2002)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 16, 2002
DVD Release Date: July 19, 2005
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

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.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Extremely well acted.

Ed Kelleher
Film Journal International

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.

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John Anderson

Intelligent, caustic take on a great writer and dubious human being.

Leslie Camhi
Village Voice

Poignant and delicately complex.

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Bilge Ebiri

The author's devotees will probably find it fascinating; others may find it baffling.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The movie is full of fine performances, led by Josef Bierbichler as Brecht and Monica Bleibtreu as Helene Weigel, his wife.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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E! Online

Performances are all richly detailed, especially Bierbichler's and Monica Bleibtreu as the long suffering wife.

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