20 August 2012 4:00 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Billed as a free interpretation of Goethe's original play, Alexander Sokurov's Faust (2011) sees the Russian auteur returning to his proclivity for challenging depictions of male protagonists, to somewhat perplexing results. Collating his traditional cinematic interests, namely the fragility and combined strengths and weaknesses of masculinity, Faust is a slow moving, murkily fascinating depiction of moral ambiguity, painted on a broad and visually operatic canvas that eschews straightforwardness in favour of a dreamlike narrative texture.

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