Young Goethe In Love
In 1772, Johann Goethe (Alexander Fehling) is a handsome and rebellious student who fails his bar exam. His domineering and wealthy father (Henry Hubchen) is dismayed when he learns of his son's yearning to be a poet. In order to instill in him more discipline and responsibility, his father uses his influence to get Goethe a job as a lowly county clerk in a small town. There he is befriended by Jerusalem (Volker Bruch), another clerk who is ridiculed by his peers for his slow work habits. At a dance Goethe has a surprising encounter with Lotte (Miriam Stein), a beautiful young lady with a wild tangle of red hair. She lives with her large family in a slum and takes care of the household. When the two clerks stop by to visit her they have a grand time together. Goethe learns that she is an exquisite singer at church and a lover of poetry and drama.