A captivating and moving drama about loss of innocence, The Tobacconist is based on the international bestselling novel by Robert Seethaler – a tender coming-of-age story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna. Franz, a naïve seventeen-year-old, journeys from his rural home to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud, an avid cigar smoker and regular customer, and over time, a singular friendship is forged between them. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As the political and social climate in Austria dramatically worsens with the Nazis’ arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Amid the dark shifts taking hold of the society around him, young Franz will need to decide where he stands.
Content Advisory: mature themes, sexuality, nudity