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Coming Out (1989)

A young teacher in East Berlin struggles with accepting his homosexuality.

Director:

Heiner Carow

Writers:

Erika Richter (dramatisation), Wolfram Witt (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthias Freihof Matthias Freihof ... Philipp Klarmann
Dagmar Manzel Dagmar Manzel ... Tanja
Dirk Kummer Dirk Kummer ... Matthias
Michael Gwisdek ... Achim
Werner Dissel Werner Dissel ... Älterer Homosexueller
Gudrun Ritter ... Frau Moellemann, Serviererin
Walfriede Schmitt Walfriede Schmitt ... Philipp's mother
Axel Wandtke Axel Wandtke ... Jakob
Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss ... Araber (as Pierre Bliss)
René Schmidt René Schmidt ... Junger Mann im Park
Thomas Gumpert Thomas Gumpert ... Larry
Ursula Staack Ursula Staack ... Üppige
Robert Hummel Robert Hummel ... Lutz
Horst Ziethen Horst Ziethen ... Schmächtiger
Gertraud Kreissig Gertraud Kreissig ... Schul-Direktorin
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Storyline

Reportedly the first film to come out of East Germany to deal openly with gay issues. Philipp, a closeted teacher is dating a female collegue to keep up appearances. One night, by 'accident' he stumbles into a gay bar, meets and promptly falls in love with a young man. Transformed by this love he is no longer afraid to face up to who he is.report Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

East Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

10 November 1989 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Saindo See more »

Filming Locations:

Bebelplatz, Berlin, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Premiered in East-Berlin on 9 November 1989. When the news broke that the border between East and West had been opened, the film was stopped and the audience was informed about the event taking place outside the cinema. The vast majority of the audience demanded to see the rest of the film before joining the masses outside. See more »

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Featured in Schau mir in die Augen, Kleiner (2007) See more »

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Gold in deinen Augen
Performed by Frank Schöbel
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He's coming out!
28 September 2005 | by leapaztSee all my reviews

The film tries to kindle an understanding on valuing one's sexual orientation and identity. Many gay people experience critical times when they have to decide who to tell about their sexuality. In making this disclosure they are often fearful of negative reactions, rejection and causing upset and distress to the person they are telling. Sometimes a person may try 'coming out' to a supportive friend as a precursor to talking to parents or partner in order to rehearse their own part and to judge reactions. The film "Coming Out" serves as an eye-opener for those who are anxious and unsure of their own sexual identities. It has relevant issue that encourages me to recognize new perspectives based on realities in the society. It actually stimulates me to think critically. The story has a logical flow and has various twists. Although the story is not new for me (cause I've already read the same story from a book) the execution enables the film to stand out and appear to be revealing. I was not bored watching the whole film. I used to take a nap when I view DEFA films in my film class but I was surprised, this movie kept me awake.


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