April 18, 2014
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Patrice Leconte
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriters: Patrice Leconte, Jérôme Tonnerre
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, Richard Madden
Copyright Holder: N/A
Set in pre-First World War Germany, Hoffmeister (Alan Rickman) is an ailing factory owner, whiskered and respectable. As his energies flag, he looks to a sharp young man in his employ for help. Ludwig (Richard Madden) impresses Hoffmeister with his reliability and youthful spirit, and the older man finds himself leaning more and more on this promising up-and-comer. At the same time, Hoffmeister's young bride (Rebecca Hall) is looking for a tutor for their child, and Ludwig proves both flexible and willing. When he moves into their home, an emotional triangle develops. Societal dignity and decorum must be respected, and it is. Nevertheless, heated passions come into play, while Hoffmeister looks on. Based on Stefan Zweig's novel "Journey into the Past."