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Lou Andreas-Salomé, The Audacity to be Free (2016)

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Born 1861, Lou Andreas Salomé shuns tradition in pursuit of intellectual perfection, inflaming the hearts and minds of the 19th century's greatest thinkers, including Friedrich Nietzsche, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Sigmund Freud.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Heesters ... Lou Andreas-Salomé (72 Jahre)
... Lou Andreas-Salomé (21-50 Jahre)
... Lou Andreas-Salomé (16 Jahre)
Helena Pieske ... Lou Andreas-Salomé (6 Jahre)
... Ernst Pfeiffer
... Mariechen
... Paul Rée
... Friedrich Nietzsche
... Rainer Maria Rilke
... Friedrich Carl Andreas
... Gustav von Salomé
... Kuise von Salomé - Lous Mutter
Daniel Sträßer ... Dr. Friedrich Pineles
... Hendrik Gillot
... Sigmund Freud


Lou Andreas-Salomé, the woman who enraptured 19th century Europe's greatest minds, recounts her life to Ernst Pfeiffer in this German film directed by Cordula Post-Kablutz. A published novelist, poet and essayist, Salomé's desire to live a life free from convention scandalized society but spurred genius and passion in others, including Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Rée and her lover, the poet Rainer Marie Rilke. Under the tutelage of Sigmund Freud, she became the first female psychoanalyst.

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Release Date:

20 April 2018 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

In Love with Lou  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,060, 22 April 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,875, 17 May 2018
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Did You Know?


The actor who plays Fredrich Nieztsche (Wilhem Weitling) was in The Young Karl Marx (although no the main role, see if you can turn this into a good trivia) See more »


Rainer Maria Rilke: Lou-how splendid you are! What space you have opened in me. You are not a goal to me. You are a thousand goals. You are everything.
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Writer, philosopher, psychologist: she helped shape the way we think
12 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

Before seeing this film, I knew about Lou Andreas-Salome's connection with Rilke and Freud but never understood what an important figure she was in her own right. Cordula Kablitz-Post tells her story with impressive cinematic freedom, giving it a powerful emotional charge. This is one of the few biopics I've seen that the subject might actually have liked. Warmly recommended.

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