The Young Karl Marx

Dir: Raoul Peck
Cast: August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, Vicky Krieps
118mins   2017   France, Belgium, Germany   18   English, German, French   

26 year-old Karl Marx embarks with his wife, Jenny, on the road to exile. In 1844 Paris, he meets Friedrich Engels, an industrialist's son, who investigated the sordid birth of the British working-class. Engels, the dandy, provides the last piece of the puzzle to the young Karl Marx's new vision of the world. Together, between censorship and the police's repression, riots and political upheavals, they will lead the labour movement during its development into a modern era.

'It should be dull, but it isn't. Somehow the spectacle of fiercely angry people talking about ideas becomes absorbing and even gripping' - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian