This version of Faust seems to follow the basic outline of the Faust legend – that being Dr Faust, bored with life and searching for the soul in the human body, makes a deal with the devil and is eventually condemned. The story varies in telling, but often involves the taking of the innocence of a young girl names Gretchen.
The film, the characters and the plot are all totally absurd and magnificent, and the cinematography is stunningly beautiful. It is funny, tragic and weird, and extremely long, yet nowhere near long enough. At this stage, it is shaping up to be one of my top picks of the festival.