• 2011
  • Russia
  • 2h 20min
  • Directed by: Aleksandr Sokurov
  • Cast: Johannes Zeiler, Anton Adasinsky, Isolda Dychauck
  • Language: German
  • UK release: 11 May 2012

Ambitious Dr. Faust (Zeiler) is aided in his quest for knowledge and riches by the grotesque Moneylender (Adasinsky). Sokurov snips the moral straightforwardness out of the story, turning a pious fable into an unpredictable story of struggle and self-doubt, but also draining it of narrative momentum.

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20 Apr 20123 stars

Ill-defined version of story that emphasises the yuck factor

Shot in grimy browns and greens, heavy with tangled-up multi-character physical movement and overlapping conversations, Sokurov’s take on the oft-interpreted Faust legend is no pretty pageant. From its opening shot, which closes in from a romantic…

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