From Goethe’s Sorrows of Young Werther, Ophuls’ version moves from the 18th to the 19th century, and transforms the dramatic tale of a doomed young man’s loss of his true love (Annie Vernay) to a friend (Jean Galland).
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Of Course, it's hard not to compare with the book which i venerate so much. The film itself is not merely an adaptation, more like companion since its narrative structure differences and some addition of Charlotte perspective on it. But the film is too focused on the story instead of translating the anguish expression that Goethe has written brilliantly.