The Tobacconist

A vibrant coming-of-age story and an intriguing portrayal of Sigmund Freud, expertly portrayed by Bruno Ganz.

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The Tobacconist

Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz), 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?
Not Rated
Genre
Drama, Jewish Culture
Runtime
108
Language
German
Director
Nikolaus Leytner
Cast
Bruno Ganz
FEATURED REVIEW
Steven Farber, Hollywood Reporter

A World War II-era story told with unusual sensitivity, The Tobacconist — which enjoyed its North American premiere in Palm Springs — should appeal to specialized audiences, and not simply because of its anti-Nazi theme. For one thing, it is a stunning recreation of the late 1930s in Vienna, thanks ...

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