26 year-old Karl Marx embarks with his wife, Jenny, on the road to exile. In 1844 Paris, he meets Friedrich Engels, an industrialist's son, who investigated the sordid birth of the British working-class. Engels, the dandy, provides the last piece of the puzzle to the young Karl Marx's new vision of the world. Together, between censorship and the police's repression, riots and political upheavals, they will lead the labor movement during its development into a modern era.
A film like this is going to walk a fine line between depicting personal lives and making clear the epic stakes and tidal societal shifts in play.
Unfortunately, this film strays way too far into personal territory. You know how Marx and Engels "lived and loved" in their shabby tenements, but are left wondering what the difference between socialism, Marxism, and communism are and how these ideas affect us today.
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