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Lola and Billy the Kid (1999)
"Lola + Bilidikid" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  11 March 1999 (Germany)
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17-year old Murat from Turkey, living in Berlin, Germany, slowly discovers his homosexuality. His older brother Osman, head of the family since the father's death, wants him to finally lose... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gandi Mukli ...
Lola
Baki Davrak ...
Murat
Erdal Yildiz ...
Bilidikid
Inge Keller ...
Ute
Michael Gerber ...
Friedrich
Murat Yilmaz ...
Iskender
Hasan Ali Mete ...
Osman
Hakan Tandogan ...
Fatma Souad
Cihangir Gümüstürkmen ...
Lale Lokum
Celal Perk ...
Sehrazat
Mesut Ozdemir ...
Kalipso
Ulrich Simontowitz ...
Man in Tiergarten
Willi Herren ...
Rudy
Mario Irrek ...
Hendryk
Jan Andres ...
Walter
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17-year old Murat from Turkey, living in Berlin, Germany, slowly discovers his homosexuality. His older brother Osman, head of the family since the father's death, wants him to finally lose his virginity (in a heterosexual manner) and thus causes Murat to run away. In a bar, Murat meets Lola, who has some things to tell about him. He also meets Bilidikid, Lolas man, who thinks that Murat might have thrown an eye on Lola. But the truth about Lola, Murat and his family is far worse that anyone could have expected. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Beyond Brilliant
26 February 2000 | by (Alameda, CA USA) – See all my reviews

As a German-American, this movie smashed me between the eyes on several different levels. First of all, the acting, casting, directing, cinematography, editing, all superb.

This amazing film takes on huge cultural issues and taboos that neither the Germans or their Turkish "guests" really want to face. Culture clash is brutally and honestly portrayed, not only between the two nationalities, but within the cultures as well. The beautiful gay Turk who cannot accept himself, the questioning, sensitive (and beautiful) gay boy trying to find himself and the truth of his family, the wonderfully portrayed German Aristocrat and his oh so proper mother, the gay Aryan boy struggling to prove himself to his thug friends, all combine to make a complex and enthralling film. The script is intriguing and contains many surprises. The strength of character that most of the gay players (the drag queens and Murat especially) exhibit is inspiring. The style of the film is dark and disturbing, showing an aspect of the new Germany that you won't see in any travel brochures.

Raw emotion has rarely been portrayed so effectively on screen.

I am puzzled that this movie has not made a bigger splash worldwide. Rent this film! Go to the Theatre now!


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