The Young Karl Marx
|The Young Karl Marx|
|French: Le jeune Karl Marx|
|Directed by||Raoul Peck|
|Music by||Alexei Aigui|
|Edited by||Frédérique Broos|
|Distributed by||Diaphana Films|
The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) is a 2017 historical drama film about Karl Marx directed by Haitian filmmaker and political activist Raoul Peck, co-written by Peck and Pascal Bonitzer, and starring August Diehl. It was screened at the Berlin Film Festival, from 9–19 February 2017.
While in his 20s Karl Marx struggles to establish himself as a writer of political and sociological importance. He meets Friedrich Engels, a young man whose wealthy father owns factories while he himself believes that the workers there and elsewhere, including children, are mistreated and underpaid. The men begin to work together to create a new political movement to reform and unite the impoverished workers. Eventually the two stage a coup during a meeting of the League of the Just and create The Communist League in its place. The film ends with Marx writing and publishing his objectives as The Communist Manifesto.
- August Diehl as Karl Marx
- Stefan Konarske as Friedrich Engels
- Vicky Krieps as Jenny von Westphalen
- Olivier Gourmet as Pierre Proudhon
- Hannah Steele as Mary Burns
- Eric Godon as The foreman
- Alexander Scheer as Wilhelm Weitling
- Hans-Uwe Bauer as Arnold Ruge
- Stephen Hogan as Thomas Naylor
- Rolf Kanies as Moses Hess
- Niels-Bruno Schmidt as Karl Grün
- Ulrich Brandhoff as Herrmann Kriege
- Marie Meinzenbach as Lenchen
- Aran Bertetto as Paddy
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 57% based on 44 reviews, and an average rating of 6/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Young Karl Marx makes a valiant attempt to make the philosophical cinematic, but lacks sufficient depth to tackle its complex themes." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 63 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
The Guardian's review by Peter Bradshaw gave the film four out of five stars and stated, "It shouldn't work, but it does, due to the intelligence of the acting and the stamina and concentration of the writing and directing." In a review for Inside Higher Ed, Scott McLemee described the film as "a nuanced and surprisingly accurate portrait of the revolutionary as a young man", noting its faithfulness to the historical record. Writing for the New Statesman, Suzanne Moore described the film as "sparky, brave and totally absorbing" and "in many ways a conventional biopic, lifted by its performances, and by its insistence that ideas matter". A.O. Scott of the New York Times regarded it as being "both intellectually serious and engagingly free-spirited." 
Awards and nominations
- Founders Grand Prize: 2017
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