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When Nietzsche Wept (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama | 2 August 2007 (Israel)
Viennese doctor Josef Breuer meets with philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to help him deal with his despair.

Director:

Pinchas Perry

Writers:

Pinchas Perry, Irvin D. Yalom (novel) (as Irvin Yalom)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ben Cross ... Josef Breuer
Armand Assante ... Nietzsche
Joanna Pacula ... Mathilda
Michal Yannai ... Bertha (as Michal Yanai)
Jamie Elman ... Sigmund Freud
Andreas Beckett ... Zarathustra
Katheryn Winnick ... Lou Salome
Rachel O'Meara ... Frau Becker
Yzhar Charuzi Yzhar Charuzi ... Hush Man
Ilan Charusi Ilan Charusi ... Carmen Barman
Tal Fructer Tal Fructer ... Girl by Pianist
Silvia Terzieva Silvia Terzieva ... Mrs. Fiefer
Ivaylo Brusowski Ivaylo Brusowski ... Mendel Fiefer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Axl Brusberg Axl Brusberg
Ventsislav Slavov Ventsislav Slavov ... The Father of Josef
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Viennese doctor Josef Breuer meets with philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to help him deal with his despair.

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Taglines:

We Are More In Love With Desire Than The Desired

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some thematic material | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 2007 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

El día que Nietzsche lloró See more »

Filming Locations:

Russe, Bulgaria

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Millennium Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

[first lines]
Lou Salome: [writing a letter] Dr. Breuer, I must see you on a matter of life or death. Meet at nine tomorrow morning, at the Cafe Rousse.
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Soundtracks

Ride of the Valkyries
Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu (as The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Courtesy of Naxos
By Arrangement With Source/Q
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A surprisingly charming gloss of a dense "Ragtime"- like novel
11 May 2008 | by epse1See all my reviews

Fine production values, a dry sense of humor throughout, literate script, decent casting (Assante transcends his usual "heroics" and plays a crumbling soul nicely and Cross is always workmanlike and solid), and, slyly, the film (as the book did) finally gives Nietzsche credit for inventing modern psychoanalysis (since Freud, et al, in the field stole from his works outrageously and lavishly, without assigning him the proper credit for his startlingly original insights into the world-historical human, all too human capacity for self-deception).

A tough work for an adaptation, but this movie succeeds where something like "Freud" dismally collapsed into timid clichés.

Nietzsche would have gotten many a devilish laugh out of this work's visual craftiness.

And appreciated being treated, not as a cartoon "Overman" idol, but a struggling, flawed, tragic-comically-profound human.

"Ecce Homo", his anti-"autobiography" warned those who followed not to take him too seriously.

If this film stimulates a few people to pick up his "Joyful Wisdom" (La Gaya Scienza) or "Dawn", it will have made its honorable point.

Yalom was, in essence, giving Nietszche a posthumous brother's embrace for his loneliness and struggle and brilliance and scorn and lack of recognition while he lived.

This movie does the same.

To a guy, who, friendless and abandoned and ignored through much of his writing life, still affirmed the Universe and humanity in the words:

"Man would rather have the Void for a purpose than be void of purpose." -F.N.

Worth a viewing.


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