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"Young Goethe in Love" is a break from existential pessimism. - CinemaDave

Jan. 15th, 2012 07:37 pm "Young Goethe in Love" is a break from existential pessimism.

A philosopher best known for his existential pessimism, Young Goethe (Alexander Fehling) is an energetic young man full of passion. He meets and courts Lotte Buff (Miriam Stein) and lands a municipal job as a bureaucrat.

Most of **Young Goethe in Love** is appropriate Christmas entertainment featuring a German countryside, family picnics and singalongs. Of course, the romance sours and the audience sees Young Goethe become a philosophical curmudgeon. While there is an opportunity for the film to grow dark and sinister (the final credits present a very disturbing aspect of the film) **Young Goethe in Love** is about youth dancing a polka.

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