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Summer Storm (2004)

Sommersturm (original title)
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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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Thomas Bahmann (screenplay), Marco Kreuzpaintner (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stadlober ... Tobi
Kostja Ullmann ... Achim
Jürgen Tonkel Jürgen Tonkel ... Hansi
Miriam Morgenstern ... Sandra
Alicja Bachleda ... Anke (as Alicja Bachleda-Curus)
Angelika Brennfleck Angelika Brennfleck ... Thea
Josefine Müller Josefine Müller ... Claudia
Joseph M'Barek Joseph M'Barek ... Ferdinand
Tristano Casanova Tristano Casanova ... Georg
Roman Storm Roman Storm ... Günther
Jeff Fischer Jeff Fischer ... Flasche
Johannes Franke ... Martin
Anton Rattinger Anton Rattinger ... Gruber
Gerhard Oberwetter Gerhard Oberwetter ... Busfahrer
Tobias van Dieken ... Naturschützer (as Tobias Vandieken)
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Storyline

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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life happens without warning

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

2 September 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Storm See more »

Filming Locations:

Steinsee, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,158, 19 March 2006

Gross USA:

$95,016
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Connections

References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Die Sache Jesu (a.k.a. 'The Thing Jesus Needs is Enthusiasts')
Written by Alois Albrecht and Peter Janssens
Performed by Nova
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Exercise of self-definition
27 March 2007 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

Strange film grace of his original beauty. The essence is self-discover of a teenager but, not his obsessive love for his friend, the ambiguity of feelings, the moral end or the fight with himself, the contact with the "others" are important . The essence is the splendid art to tell, in honest way, with delicate images and ordinary scenes the evolution of a crisis, the gestures of a age, the love as miracle, the fixation and desire of an outsider for who his self-image and the opinion of friends is the fundamental punishment.

To be yourself like horrible sin.

It is not a original story but this film is great for the subtle science to discover, without pity, compassion or masks a real slice of existence.

The love for an Achim or the desire for be normal in a homophobic society are not only artistic themes and the message of film is, in fact, to be a model to self definition, a subject to meditation, a point to search of truth against others, against yourself.

Only, the commercial happy-end. The shadows are not a so short life. But, the intentions , the honesty of work, the game with lights and the good interpretation are more important.


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