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After his gay cousin dies from hepatitis, young Laurent, who lives with his best friend Carole, falls in love with Cedric, a plant scientist. He's afraid to inform his conservative parents that he is gay.
Fair-haired Ecki, the baker's son, has grown up the golden boy of his home town. All that changes the instant he and his soccer teammates discover he's gay. Now the object of scorn and ridicule (and finding himself unceremoniously kicked off his team), Ecki travels to the city of Dortmund to recruit an all-gay soccer team to return and prove to his town and his former soccer mates who the best men are. As first-time-out Ecki searches blindly through gay watering holes for players, his parents endure a rash of derisive gay jokes from the townies, leaving Ecki's gruff father to hope for a change in his son's orientation while also considering closing down the family business. Written by
Sure, this movie follows a formula, actually many formulas, about gay
vs. straight flicks, soccer flicks, sports hero flicks, guy gets the
guy flicks - but it does them all VERY well and with both love and
humour. Although there is every cliché in the book here about
masculinity and coming out, there is an equal emphasis on
NON-stereotypical gay men. Ercin the Turkish player is as nelly as they
come but hey, he's a Turk represented in a German soccer flick, AND his
Dad is obviously 100% supportive and proud of him, fluffy hand-gestures
and all. Hotte may be a stereotypical leather guy, but he's also a
juggernaut on the field who strikes terror in his opponents. Our hero
is so gosh-golly "straight-looking" that I had trouble believing in him
as a gay guy in the opening sequence, but his dalliances with Sven
change all that. I've been out since 1979 and have seen ALL the big-
name "gay" movies. Some good, some downright awful. This one felt real,
was engaging from the outset and made me laugh, good hearty
belly-laughs, from end to end. I loved it. You will too.
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