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The Tobacconist (Der trafikant)2018

The Tobacconist (Der trafikant) (2018)

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Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud, a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis' arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?

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Critic Reviews for The Tobacconist (Der trafikant)

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While "The Tobacconist" is always watchable, its inability to find meaning in a mess of uncooked symbolism prevents the movie from being worthy of Freud, and from doing justice to his parting words.

July 10, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The script, based on a revered novel from Robert Seethaler, concerns more serious themes than Freud's off-hand advice, though its shallow storytelling gives little to contemplate.

July 10, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A relatively accessible if grossly oversimplified portrayal of a horrific period, brightened by the chemistry between Ganz and lead actor Simon Morzé.

July 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Much of director and co-writer Nikolaus Leytner's drama, which alternates between starchy and hyperventilating, generates eye rolls.... "The Tobacconist" should have been richer and provided something for viewers to think about and chew on.

July 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite taking place during one of the most traumatic periods of modern civilization, the movie itself feels like little more than an amusing trifle, a chance to play dress up with some of history's most famous figures.

July 9, 2020 | Full Review…

With a premise like that, how is it "The Tobacconist" turned out so bland?

July 8, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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