A romantic drama set in Germany just before WWI and 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.
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Young Friederich has humble origins, but rises to the attention of his new boss, Karl. As he volunteers to tutor his employer's son, he gets more and more attached to Karl's young wife Lotte. 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 to one another they will stay true to each other, but the oncoming war keeps them apart for far longer than expected.Written by
This is a truly superb movie: interiors, costumes, eerie music and a sense of loss and grief. I watched it mostly because of Alan Rickman and he doesn't disappoint. This is one of his final performances and it seems to me almost a testament of his career- a sort of reminder of Truly madly deeply.
Rebecca hall is gorgeous and refined as Frau Hoffmeister. a true joy to watch: meditative, gentle, loyal respectful and true.
I didn't much care for the young lad. a lot of people here commented about the very little chemistry between the two- i think SHE did beautifully, but HE was just either distant or creepy.
In my opinion the movie should have ended a few scenes earlier- as she was talking on the phone. it would have been a beautiful open ending. Pls, do try this experiment: stop the movie when you see her on the phone, then... if you feel like, watch the ending.
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