Effi Briest by Hermine Huntgeburth

Genre:
Drama
Year:
2009
Language:
German
Format:
118 minutes
Starring:
Julia Jentsch (SOPHIE SCHOLL – THE FINAL DAYS)
Sebastian Koch (THE LIVES OF OTHERS)
Juliane Köhler (TWO LIVES)
Thomas Thieme
Directed by:
Hermine Huntgeburth (The White Masai)
Produced by:
Constantin Film Produktion
In a world full of restraint, she chose the path to freedom.

At her parents' urging, Effi Briest, a free-spirited 17-year-old girl, marries Baron von Innstetten, nearly 20 years her senior - and a former admirer of Effi's mother. The arranged marriage spells the beginning of a monotonous existence for Effi far away from her hometown: Innstetten is entirely preoccupied with his political career and the sleepy artist town of Kessin on the Baltic Sea shore offers little excitement.

Until Major Crampas arrives, one of Innstetten's military comrades and a charming womanizer. Effi starts a passionate affair with him and finally discovers what love is. But it comes at a steep price: the affair proves fatal for Crampas. Effi, on the other hand - unlike in Fontane's novel - deals with the consequences of her decisions and embarks on a new chapter in her life...

"A gorgeous-looking pic... Jentsch ("Sophie Scholl"), almost constantly onscreen, again gives a magnetic performance" (VARIETY)