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Vandals (2008)

Vandalen (original title)
Two male graffiti artists are partners in their work, but they are also having a sexual relationship with each other which they haven't disclosed to others. In the midst of planning a big ... See full summary »

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Jonas Ullmann
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Johannes
Franziska Schläpfer
Bardo Eicher
Alvaro Lobsiger
Yanik Müller ...
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Graham Geigenmüller
Marius Maissen
Michael Taylor
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Two male graffiti artists are partners in their work, but they are also having a sexual relationship with each other which they haven't disclosed to others. In the midst of planning a big job with some of their graffiti artist colleagues, that work to be painted on the side of a commuter train car, the two are having problems with each other based on what seems to be different things that they want from their personal relationship. The first man is more animalistic in that he wants their relationship to be purely sexual, whereas the second man has more romantic thoughts on his mind. Added to their obstacles is one of their females colleagues who seems to be attracted to the first man, who does not dissuade her. While each evaluates their relationship, one may come to the realization that what they want may be more similar than they had originally envisioned, but has to convince the other for their relationship to survive. Written by Huggo

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All style, zero substance
20 June 2015 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

This is the first directorial effort and also screen writing effort by Swiss Simon Steuri. And also so far his only one. Short films are actually a pretty popular genre for stories about homosexual characters, but when there is a lot in quantity, there is usually very little in quality and these 17 minutes are really not a quality film at all. We have a gang of Swiss males and one of them is a homosexual. Of course, the other gang members are all homophobes, so they should not find out. And still, when the guy makes out in an elevator, another gang member sees him and is about to tell the others. Oh yeah, the film starts with an argument between the gay couple, which is really a prime example of how not to do it. How are we supposed to feel something when we have no clue who these people are or for what pseudo-dramatic reason they are arguing. Oh by the way, the gang are a bunch of vandals as the title also says, so no idea why he wants to be a part of them in the first place as in the long run he will probably get in trouble with the law. The ending here takes place at a beach and the filmmaker tried to make it artistic with the couple, but it all turned out pretentious. Steuri still has a very long way to go if he wants to be a decent filmmaker one day. Or maybe he has given up his career already. Judging from his effort here, a change in profession may not be the worst idea.


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