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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

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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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Wie ein Stern
Performed by Frank Schöbel
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conformity and repression
29 September 2005 | by wenalatteSee all my reviews

Coming Out is bold in displaying the unjust treatment of the marginalized group of society--the homosexuals. It is character-driven thus it allows viewers to enter the life and emotions of Mattias, the high school teacher, as he struggles to change his true identity and to repress his sexual desires in order to conform to the norms of the GDR society.

Though it presents a heavy issue, the film's mood is light. There are many entertaining scenes like theatrical plays and bar scenes with gay men in their lavish costumes. The portrayal of the sex scenes are also excellent. They are portrayed in such a manner wherein we can say that it is not just pure lust;that emotions are involved. The dialog is moving and must be given enough attention specially between Mattias and his mother. The film is not only entertaining, it also made me understand and sympathize with the homosexuals.


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