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A tender, heart-breaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna.
Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz), a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis' arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee? NR, 108 min. German with English subtitles.
"A strong cast, headed by the charming, charismatic Simon Morzé and Bruno Ganz as Sigmund Freud himself." —Sceen International
"STUNNING! THE TOBACCONIST is a vibrant coming-of-age story and an intriguing portrayal of Sigmund Freud, expertly portrayed by Bruno Ganz." —The Hollywood Reporter
"An engaging coming-of-age story! Recreates a time and a place with exactitude...Bruno Ganz, who portrayed Hitler in the absorbing DOWNFALL, slips seamlessly into Freud’s skin." —Sheldon Kirshner Journal