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Alan plays the elderly owner of a foundry, Karl Hoffmeister, with an ailing heart. Enters Friedrich Zeitz, who he takes under his wing as his protege. It's apparent from the beginning he is grooming the young, intelligent man to take over his business. Early in their relationship, he discloses the secret that he is not well. As he methodically allows the young handsome Friedrich to enter his home and take up residence, you gain the sense that he has purposely brought him close to his wife to encourage something more. Perhaps, it is the love of an older, dying man for his young wife to make sure her needs are met after his demise. Little did he know, that having done so, he finds himself brokenhearted when she does fall for Friedrich.
Rebecca Hall plays the proper wife, though slightly dull. Richard Madden plays the protege, who is immediately attracted to Heir Hoffmeister's wife. He turns into a sappy, slightly obsessive worshiper of young Charlotte.In one scene he smells her scent and kisses the keys of the piano that she has played, as if he's making love to it. Of course, that is countered later in the movie with Charlotte sniffing the pillow of his empty bed.
The two are thrown together due to Heir Hoffmeister's ill health attending the opera and other activities.Read more ›
(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and/or characters. If you’re the type of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)
From the product packaging: “Germany, 1912. Friedrich (Richard Madden, Game of Thrones), a graduate of humble origins, takes up a clerical post in a steel factory, soon becoming the private secretary and boarder of elderly owner Karl (Alan Rickman, Harry Potter). There he meets Lotte (Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Karl’s reserved and beautiful young wife. Starting an illicit romance, the two young lovers’ dreams are dashed when Karl announces he’s sending his secretary to oversee his mines in Mexico. But Lotte makes a promise to Friedrich: when he returns in two years, she will be his no matter what.Read more ›
Staying very close to Zweig's novel, the story is set in Germany just before WWI and is centered on a married woman who falls in love with her husband's protégé. Separated first by duties and then by the war, they pledge their devotion to one another. Young Friederich Zeitz Richard Madden) has humble origins, but rises to the attention of his new boss, Karl Hoffmeister (Alan Rickman). Karl is aging and suffers from severe heart disease and his impression of Friederich's brilliance grows steadily. As he volunteers to tutor his employer's son Otto (Toby Murray), he gets more and more attached to Karl's young wife Lotte (Rebecca Hall). She refuses however to betray her husband even when they learn Friedrich must go to Mexico for two years to supervise a mining project for Karl. Friedrich and Lotte swear one another they will stay true to each other, but the oncoming war keeps them apart for far longer than expected. After six years, Friedrich goes back to Germany and finally sweeps Lotte off her feet.
Rickman, Hall and Madden deliver perfectly crafted performances, each revealing the difficulty of keeping a promise when personal needs are not being fulfilled.Read more ›
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Best performance is by the poor cuckold. Sappy.... really, really sappy.Published 1 month ago by ccrnurse848
I love period pieces and this was nice but I had trouble imagining this took place in Germany. All the actors had British accents, dressed British and drank tea like Brits. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Burns
Just didn't find this movie interesting. Too much of a soap opera for my taste.Published 4 months ago by Bonnie M Norris
Subtly done and superbly performed by all three actors, especially the late Alan Rickman. However, I suspect that American audiences may find it to be slow-paced and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steven G. Reinhardt
We ordered this movie because of stars Alan Rickman and Richard Madden. We were horrified by the gratuitous sex scene right before Madden was to move into the home of his boss... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brobobeo