So good, up to a point.
Alan Montgomery | Oberlin, Oh USA | 11/09/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The actors in this dramatic movie are all quite good. They have interesting personallities and are attractive. The sex scenes are not outstanding, but they are the important thing. The difficulty appears between the two male stars due to the marriage. I kept wanting to yell at the screen, "Say something right, dumby!" The four stars are due to the ending. I just don't understand why nothing was ever said about the reason for his wife being there. The ending therefore goes into the "moving on" stage, and the relationships never quite end. Maybe I'm a romantic, but it seems to me that a more developed repair of relationships or a better dissolution of them would have made the movie much better."
One Of A Kind
Martin A Hogan | San Francisco, CA. (Hercules) | 09/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Director Heiner Carow has crafted a long lost view of gay East Berlin before the fall of the wall. Despite the drab architecture and lack of color, Carow gives the viewer a virtual tour of East Berlin interlocked with the first and last gay themed film from that city. Matthias Freihof plays Philipp a closeted high School teacher who discovers heâ(tm)s gay while dating a woman. The plot is all too familiar and contains every clichÃ© one might think of in this type of tale. However, the simple place of the setting makes this one of the truly unique and individual gay themed films of the last century. Always matter of fact and straight to the point, Carow never fills a scene with unnecessary banter. Instead we have minimalist dialogue with characters that are truly human. The bar scenes are the true East Berlin â~cabaretâ(tm) and there is a variety of characters that interact to bring life to each scene. There are plenty of sexual scenes, but all are erotic in nature instead of pornographic. Towards the end, there is a pivotal scene with a remarkable older man who lectures Philipp while snorting a tray of brandy. This actor is amazing and completes the circle of the story with a mature perspective. Director Carow has a gem here and itâ(tm)s worth the watch.