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Summer Storm (2004)
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A close friendship between two crew teammates is tested when one slowly discovers he's gay and attracted to the other.

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Tobi
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Achim
Jürgen Tonkel ...
Hansi
Miriam Morgenstern ...
Sandra
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Anke (as Alicja Bachleda-Curus)
Angelika Brennfleck ...
Thea
Josefine Müller ...
Claudia
Joseph M'Barek ...
Ferdinand
Tristano Casanova ...
Georg
Roman Storm ...
Günther
Jeff Fischer ...
Flasche
Johannes Franke ...
Martin
Anton Rattinger ...
Gruber
Gerhard Oberwetter ...
Busfahrer
Tobias van Dieken ...
Naturschützer (as Tobias Vandieken)
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Tobi and Achim, the pride of the local crew club, have been the best of friends for years and are convinced that nothing will ever stand in the way of their friendship. They look forward to the upcoming summer camp and the crew competition. Achim's girlfriend Sandra is on the girl's team and he enjoys spending more time with her. Tobi becomes increasingly skeptical of their relationship. Anke, the pretty girl who has fallen for Tobi, doesn't make things any easier, then the gay team from Berlin arrives and Tobi is totally confused. The storm that breaks out the evening before the race begins is more than meteorological in this sensitive story about the complexities of growing up. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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2 September 2004 (Germany)  »

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Budget:

€2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,158 (USA) (17 March 2006)

Gross:

$95,016 (USA) (14 September 2007)
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[first lines]
Tobi: She said, "I don't mind?"
Achim: Those very words. Now chill. I have to keep at 140.
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One of the very rare perfect German films!
3 September 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

A wonderful movie, being gay myself I really saw myself in the protagonist. It's been a long time that I have seen a German film, that is so authentic and honest, really it was nearly like a documentary, you really feel like being there as well.

It's one of the rare film in which everything fits together, the acting, the music, the dramatic art, the fun, the dialogs.

The acting is outstanding. Robert Stadlober is so convincing. You really can feel it when he's desperate or angry.

The music was touching and moving, there are wonderful scenes when the camera floats over the lake while it rains and this wonderful sad classical music is played. So beautiful...

I think the director did a wonderful job, he - being gay and young himself - of course also knew what it's like growing up and discovering your homosexuality as Tobi does.

Clichés and stereotypes are discussed by the actors themselves. :-)

For gay people it's a must as everyone surely can partly see oneself in Tobi and for straight people it's a great chance to broaden their horizons as they can learn about the difficulty of growing up while being "different".

It's a real honest film.

Go and see it! It's 10/10 from me!


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