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When Nietzsche Wept (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama | 2 August 2007 (Israel)
Viennese doctor Josef Breuer meets with philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to help him deal with his despair.


Pinchas Perry


Pinchas Perry, Irvin D. Yalom (novel) (as Irvin Yalom)




Credited cast:
Ben Cross ... Josef Breuer
Armand Assante ... Nietzsche
Joanna Pacula ... Mathilda
Michal Yannai ... Bertha (as Michal Yanai)
Jamie Elman ... Sigmund Freud
Andreas Beckett ... Zarathustra
Katheryn Winnick ... Lou Salome
Rachel O'Meara ... Frau Becker
Yzhar Charuzi Yzhar Charuzi ... Hush Man
Ilan Charusi Ilan Charusi ... Carmen Barman
Tal Fructer Tal Fructer ... Girl by Pianist
Silvia Terzieva Silvia Terzieva ... Mrs. Fiefer
Ivaylo Brusowski Ivaylo Brusowski ... Mendel Fiefer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Axl Brusberg Axl Brusberg
Ventsislav Slavov Ventsislav Slavov ... The Father of Josef


Viennese doctor Josef Breuer meets with philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to help him deal with his despair.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


We Are More In Love With Desire Than The Desired



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some thematic material | See all certifications »

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[first lines]
Lou Salome: [writing a letter] Dr. Breuer, I must see you on a matter of life or death. Meet at nine tomorrow morning, at the Cafe Rousse.
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Habanera from
Written by Georges Bizet
Performed by The Sofia National Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Courtesy of Laserlight
By Arrangement With Source/Q
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Wacky blend of history, philosophy & full-tilt comedy
8 February 2012 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

This movie is surreal. Literally, it has a lot of surrealistic scenes to mess with your mind, but also the whole presentation is surreal because there are so many bizarre angles. At its heart, it's a sober portrayal of depression and humanity's discontent (so you'd think it would be slow & heavy). But mostly it's humorous, at times as silly as the movie "Airplane!". It also features historical references, but you can't help feeling that the writer is being deliberately playful, distorting facts right before our eyes with a wink and a smile. In all, I think it's an entertaining experience, especially if you don't take it too seriously.

It definitely has the qualities of a period piece romp, like maybe "Casanova" (2005), "Molière" (2007) or one of my faves, "Impromptu" (1991) about Chopin. But "When Neitzsche Wept" has a more subtle tone which prevents me from saying it's intended to be a comedy like the others I mentioned. Also, don't expect a biopic because it's not really about any particular man so much as it's about everyman's internal struggle between passion (freedom) and logic (duty).

This film takes a somewhat light-hearted approach to a very dark subject, and I think that's what makes it unusual and clever. It's entertaining and digestible, but also there are a few powerful monologues delivered by Neitzsche (Armand Assante) that I had to rewind and hear again because they seemed to appear out of nowhere. Then suddenly we're back to a crazy scene of a redhead woman in diapers jumping around a crib. Don't worry, it all makes sense; it's just... surreal!

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Release Date:

2 August 2007 (Israel) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Russe, Bulgaria

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Millennium Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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