Bruno Ganz is superb as Sigmund Freud in this heart-rending adaptation of Robert Seethaler’s novel. 17-year-old Franz takes up a job at a Viennese tobacconist shop, where he meets the renowned professor. Fascinated by his theories, Franz seeks Freud’s advice after falling in love with a dancer. His confusion about love and sex echoes the political turmoil caused by Hitler’s imminent annexation of Austria, and Freud’s own indecision about leaving the country. This drama sensitively explores its protagonists’ longing – for the love of a woman, and for a homeland.
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