1844. Social and political crises simmer, yet the intellectuals in Germany and France can only react with elusive rhetoric. No longer satisfied with theory, Marx and Engels want reality; they want to give the masses a new world-view. To that end they have to get the workers' movement behind them; with their youthful arrogance however, Marx and Engels offend many a seasoned revolutionary.
On the eve of the industrial revolution 26-year-old Karl Marx lives in exile in France together with his wife Jenny. When Marx is introduced to the young Friedrich Engels, the notoriously bankrupt family man has nothing but contempt for the groomed bourgeois and son of a factory owner. Yet the dandy Engels has just written about the impoverishment of the English proletariat; he loves Mary Burns, a cotton spinner and rebel of the English labour movement. Engels knows what he's talking about. It is the last piece of the puzzle that Marx is lacking in order to complete his no-holds-barred description of the crisis. Marx and Engels have the same sense of humour and a common goal, they are great at getting drunk together, and they respect and inspire each other as comrades-in-arms. Together with Jenny Marx they churn out texts intended to ignite the revolution. THE YOUNG KARL MARX is a wonderful historical film about the encounter between two intellectual greats who wanted to change the world and vanquish the society of old. (Neue Vision)
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