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Sommersturm (2004)

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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Jürgen Tonkel ...
Hansi
Miriam Morgenstern ...
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Anke (as Alicja Bachleda-Curus)
Angelika Brennfleck ...
Thea
Josefine Müller ...
Claudia
Joseph M'Barek ...
Tristano Casanova ...
Roman Storm ...
Günther
Jeff Fischer ...
Flasche
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Martin
Anton Rattinger ...
Gruber
Gerhard Oberwetter ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

Summer Storm  »

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Budget:

€2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,158, 19 March 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$95,016, 16 September 2007
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Trivia

Footage of a gay love story taken out of Sommersturm (Summer Storm) was immortalized as a music video Willkommen (or Welcome in German) performed by a popular German duo Rosenstolz.The song itself can be heard on the actual film. See more »

Quotes

[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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References First Blood (1982) See more »

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Jim's Theme
Written and performed by Niki Reiser
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Summer Stormy Self-Discovery
9 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

Tobi, a teenager in a rowing team, is about to discover his latent homosexuality and his love for his close friend Achim, during a rowing contest, under the catalytic presence of a gay rowing group from Berlin.

Although the film borrows many plot elements from movies like "Was nutzt die Liebe in Gedanken" and "Krampack" (i.e. boy loves boy who loves girls) it copes with creating an exceptional coming-out film composition. The admixtures of German eastern and southern dialects and accents, the comic characters like the coach, the simple humorous stereotypes resulting from clueless-Oberbayern meeting Gay-Berlin and finally the summer storm of sexual consciousness forcing Tobi and the groups of teenagers to seek new balances, create a unique and simple German version of these topics.

As remarks could be mentioned that too much of accents is not as funny for us foreigners, the end is relatively open and the main character depicts sometimes too selfish and ignorant.

Film is Excellent - 10 of 10.


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