Released: 11/05/2012 Released in key citiesThe Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov, creator of the one-take marvel that was Russian Ark, concludes his series on corruption. This time he swaps historical figures, e.g. Hitler and Lenin, for Goethe's fictional Faust - the man who sold his soul. This Venice Film Festival Best Picture-winner is a far from straightforward study of psychological weakness and power. For more information visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faust_%282011_film%29 Watch:
Little White Lies“Consistently hums with detail and mystery...” A journey you’ll want – nay, need – to take more than once in order to soak up its many immaculate layers of detail...
Total Film “A memorable adaptation of the diabolical classic...” A sense-scrambling work that conjures images of indelible potency: you won’t forget the dissection, the lyrical love scene, the pitiable homunculus, the chilling trek to hell or Adasinsky naked in a hurry...
The Observer“won the Golden Lion at Venice last year but is a dull affair...” There are occasional images that remain in the mind, but the film adds up to little within itself or as part of a tetralogy...
Guardian“This film moves in an eerie trance of disquiet...” Faust is part bad dream, part music-less opera: sometimes muted and numb, though with hallucinatory flashes of fear. It also plays out like a single, seamless, continuously morphing scene...
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