Sasha is a piano prodigy under pressure to gain admittance to a prestigious music school. What is really stressing Sasha is his emerging sexuality, plus his piano tutor is moving away, because Sasha is in love with him, and no one knows.


Dennis Todorovic


Dennis Todorovic (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sasa Kekez Sasa Kekez ... Sasa (as SASA Kekez)
Predrag Bjelac ... Vlado (as Pedja Bjelac)
Ljubisa Gruicic Ljubisa Gruicic ... Pero (as LJUBISA Lupo Grujcic)
Zeljka Preksavec Zeljka Preksavec ... Stanka Petrovic (as Zeljka Preksavec)
Gosia Konieczna Gosia Konieczna ... Kassiererin Tankstelle
Tim Bergmann ... Gebhard
Jasin Mjumjunov Jasin Mjumjunov ... Boki
Yvonne Yung Hee Bormann ... Jiao (as Yvonne Yung Hee)
Arno Kempf Arno Kempf ... Peter
Werner Strenger Werner Strenger ... Grenzbeamter Walter
Christian Lessiak Christian Lessiak ... Grenzbeamter Bürger
Özgür Cebe Özgür Cebe ... Schnauzbart
Fang Yu Fang Yu ... Herr Wang
Lucy Schaaf Lucy Schaaf ... erste Schülerin
Anastasia Clemens Anastasia Clemens ... Kinderband Surfstars


While Sasha's mother is dreaming of her son's great career as a pianist, Sasha is left speechless for other reasons: his beloved piano teacher Mr. Weber tells him, he is leaving town forever. Sasha is heartbroken, and the only person in whom he can confide his feelings, is his best friend, Jiao. As a son of an Ex-Yugoslav family even in Germany one rarely lives outside the closet, and Sasha is grateful that his homophobic father believes Jiao is his girlfriend. But what begins as a useful lie becomes a large and complicated one, when Sasha's younger brother, begins an affair with Jiao. All lies get exposed and what appears to be a catastrophe is in fact the revelation of new possibilities in the lives of Sasha's family. Written by Dennis Todorovic

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L'amour, c'est parfois compliqué ! See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance


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First feature film role for Yvonne Yung Hee Bormann, who portrays Sasha's friend, Jiao. See more »


There are many, many, many spelling and translation errors in the English subtitles. See more »


Rondo alla Turka für Quartett und Papier
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Reasonably entertaining, but not more than that.
5 September 2019 | by johannes2000-1See all my reviews

This is basically a dime-a-dozen coming-out story with all the usual ingredients: young and troubled teen in a traditional and gay-unfriendly surrounding desperately tries to hide his gay feelings, but in the course of the movie is forced by all kinds of circumstances to re-evaluate his life. There are some original aspects here: the family is from former Yugoslavia -Montenegro, so even more traditional then usual and the main character (Sasha) studies to be a classic pianist. These specific ingredients are sufficiently entertaining to make you want to sit the movie out to see how things will end, but to be honest, the result is not very rewarding or involving.

My main reservation lies in the fact that no-one is really sympathetic, so it's hard to team up with any of them, even with Sasha himself who evidently is the one that are heart should go out to. He's rather a drama-queen, he's unnecessary harsh to his little brother and blind to the feelings of his girlfriend. Sure, he has the excuse of being young and troubled, but still. The father is a terrible despotic bully, the mother is some sort of tyrant as well, in the way she forces Sasha to study the piano and bff Jiao is more cranky than supportive. The climax of the movie comes a bit out of the blue and is over-dramatic, but the final reconciliation between father and son is poignantly pictured.

The actors playing the parents do a fine job, but the other characters (including Sasha) are played barely adequate. And to my regret the beautiful city of Cologne stays rather underexposed, we see mainly grey streets, a shabby bar and the worn-out family apartment.

All in all a bit of a disappointment, I've seen many other coming-out movies that moved me a lot more than this one. Maybe it's also the lack of any moral, catharsis or even some sort of satisfying ending: one wonders what Sasha in the end has learned or how the recent experiences have changed his life, it all stays rather in the dark.

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24 March 2011 (Germany) See more »

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North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany See more »

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Dolby Digital



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2.35 : 1
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