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Freier Fall (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 23 May 2013 (Germany)
A soon-to-be-father policeman falls for a gay fellow officer and his life starts falling apart.



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Attila Borlan ...
Stephanie Schönfeld ...
Oliver Bröcker ...
Luis Lamprecht ...
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Horst Krebs ...
Bernd Eiden
Barbara Bernt ...
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Benno Bischoff
Vilmar Bieri ...
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With a promising police career and a baby on the way, Marc's life seems to be right on track - then he meets fellow policeman Kay. During their regular jogs, Marc experiences a never-before-felt sense of ease and effortlessness - and what it means to fall in love with another man. Torn between his family and his new feelings for Kay, Marc sees his world careening more and more out of control. Suddenly, his life is in free fall and Marc realizes that, try as he may, he can't make everyone happy - least of all himself. Written by Edition Salzgeber / edited by statmanjeff

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Drama | Romance


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23 May 2013 (Germany)  »

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Free Fall  »

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1.85 : 1
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First screenplay written by actor Karsten Dahlem, who wrote it along with the movie's director. See more »


Marc Borgmann: Will you stay if I tell you the truth?
Bettina Bischoff: I'm almost scared to hear the truth now.
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Followed by Freier Fall 2 See more »


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Written by Claas Reimer
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A Film To Make You Think ! – Truly Superb
24 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Superbly shot, great dialogue, Overall, amazing cinema. Stephan Lacant – Genius.

The Film Stars Max Riemelt (Kay) as a young Police officer. A Stunningly Handsome character with a Striking Face. Cheeky, playful, lovable Kay. This is the kind of platonic (or otherwise) Best Buddy many men would like, regardless of sexuality. This film shows Riemelt with his best look yet.

After some initial brushes, Kay becomes friends with Marc (Hanno Koffler). A fellow Officer training at the academy. Marc a married man who is expecting a baby with his Wife Bettina (Katharina Schüttler). Eventually, Kay after a few flirty, maybe cheeky stunts, initially pushed aside as a "Joke" and a slight rebuff. Kay engages Marc in a an brief sexual encounter whilst out jogging.

It is hard to say more without giving the plot away. But it is not long before things progress.

Kay, whilst playing the passive character in this movie. He is the stronger of the two, who remains defiant and strong, the harder, better man. This, despite his loneliness, the rejection and aggression towards him. Meanwhile Marc struggles with his sexuality, feelings and family commitments. He deals with a separate set of emotional, anxious and eventual acceptances. Not forgetting bigotry that both men have to cope with.

The film portrays a very real scenario. Situations that many people have or may find them in. Whether this be due to suppression of feelings, peer or family pressure. Watch the film, consider those you know and love. Then think! about it, that is the kind of movie this is. Not Arty or overly intellectual but very, very well scripted.

All the actors play their roles well in this Movie. But it is obviously the two male leads that steal the limelight. Max's incredible looks and Handsome Hanno's rebuffs and reluctant start that turns into a happy, sexy swagger in his role.

Please do watch this film with an open mind. The Sexual scenes are very well shot and far from seedy. The performances are outstanding. This is acting at its best, real life, gritty. The chemistry between them is electric. The looks and body language is just as you would expect in real life.

I can't really put this into any one Genre of film. I cannot understand why it is in "Gay & Lesbian" sections either. This is a film that can be watched by all adults of any sexuality, intellectual level or background. But in order to enjoy and understand it, you might need a certain amount of understanding and acceptance.

This is a movie that had my emotions up-down and all over, hairs raised, a kick in the guts, mixed thoughts. The works. I watched a couple of scenes to listen to the true spoken German Grammar. As one or two of the subtitles were amiss.

I found this to be one of the best films I have ever watched. Whether or not you are happy with the ending is another matter.

In Words: Powerful - Stunning – Captivating – Thrilling – Sadness – Happiness – Gritty – Enamour – Drawing – Sensual & Emotional.

I would say there could never be Freier Fall II, too tacky. But the actors could command a fortune for "Kollision Wege".........or you choose a title?.

A credit to all the cast and Crew – Thank You.


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