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Romeos (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 8 December 2011 (Germany)
A drama centered on the relationship between a two young men, as one of them navigates the difficulties of life as a transgender man.

Director:

Sabine Bernardi

Writer:

Sabine Bernardi (screenplay)
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4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Okon ... Lukas
Max Befort ... Fabio (as Maximilian Befort)
Liv Lisa Fries ... Ine
Felix Brocke Felix Brocke ... Sven
Silke Geertz Silke Geertz ... Pflegedienstleiterin Annette
Gilles Tschudi Gilles Tschudi ... Herr Boeken
Ben Gageik Ben Gageik ... Svens Freund
Sigrid Burkholder Sigrid Burkholder ... Lukas' Mutter
Johannes Schwab Johannes Schwab ... Lukas' Vater
Tessa Lukat Tessa Lukat ... Leila
Katrin Heß Katrin Heß ... Pflegemädchen Jessy
Mira Benser Mira Benser ... Pflegemädchen 1 (as Mira H. Benser)
Lilli Lorenz Lilli Lorenz ... Pflegemädchen 2
Julia E. Lenska Julia E. Lenska ... Blondie (as Julia Schäfle)
Juliane Knoppek Juliane Knoppek ... Jaqueline
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Storyline

Twenty year old Lukas (Rick Okon) is a female to male (FTM) Trangender man, taking the steps through his gender reassignment treatment. His friendship with Ine (Liv Lisa Fries), who is lesbian, is making the changes and assimilation easier. Lukas sees his romantic world open up for him as Ine introduces him to gay life in Cologne. As he becomes more and more interested in a local gay boy (Max Befort), things are getting more and more complicated. Written by trivwhiz

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Taglines:

How do you love someone, if you don't show who you are?

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film was first rated for ages 16+ in Germany arguing it would cause disorientation in sexual identity. After a public outcry the FSK (German rating system) apologized and the film was rated 12+. See more »

Goofs

Between 1:12 and 1:13, when Lukas is cleaning his room, you see the red "z" with it's dot above (like an upside-down question mark) on the balcony screen. When Fabio sits down on the window sill, the "z" has disappeared (only the dot stays), and it appears again afterwards. See more »

Soundtracks

I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Performed by Andreas Scholl
Arranged by Craig Leon
(C) Universal Music Publishing
Courtesy of Decca Music Group
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Good movie with unfortunate casting
5 August 2012 | by jm10701See all my reviews

I liked this movie, but casting Rick Okon as Lukas was a serious problem for me. I never for one second believed he was or had ever been female, so I couldn't help relating to that character as a man and only a man.

It's a sharp contrast to the casting 15 years ago of Steven Mackintosh in the mirror-image role of Kim in Different for Girls. Kim is a transgendered male-to-female, and Mackintosh is SO believable as a woman that I had to do considerable research to ascertain that the actor himself wasn't transgendered. He wasn't, and, in fact, he doesn't look the least bit feminine in real life, which makes his casting as Kim all the more remarkable.

Romeos is a pretty good movie anyway, but it doesn't depict the transgender experiences of the character as successfully as it does his experiences as a man. The movie would have been better with someone else cast as Lukas or if Lukas had just been a gay man, which is how he comes across anyway.

In order to make sense of the character Okon was portraying, I had to ignore all the transgender issues, which simply were absurd for that entirely male character, and I'm sure that's not what the director intended.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English | Italian

Release Date:

8 December 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Romeus See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$773, 18 September 2011

Gross USA:

$1,081

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,324
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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