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The Tobacconist

The Tobacconist

The legendary Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire, Downfall) stars as Sigmund Freud in this tender, heart-breaking story about one young man and his friendship with Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna. Based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler!

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?

"Stunning! A vibrant coming-of-age story and an intriguing portrayal of Sigmund Freud, expertly portrayed by Bruno Ganz." - The Hollywood Reporter

"A thoughtful, well-made and poignant coming-of-age tale. The late Bruno Ganz — an actor known for playing both an angel (“Wings of Desire”) and Hitler himself (“Downfall”) — inhabits the complexities and contradictions of Sigmund Freud with subtlety." - Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post

A Film by Nikolaus Leytner
Germany, 2020
German (with English subtitles)
108 Minutes

The Tobacconist