Zurich, 1956. The young teacher Ernst Ostertag falls head over heels in love with the transvestite star Robi Rapp and finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and his commitment ... See full summary »

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Stefan Haupt

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Stefan Haupt (screenplay), Christian Felix (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthias Hungerbühler Matthias Hungerbühler ... Ernst Ostertag
Peter Jecklin Peter Jecklin ... Principal Dr. Max Sieber
Marie Leuenberger ... Fräulein Gabi Gerster
Stefan Witschi Stefan Witschi ... Rolf
Claudio Schenardi Claudio Schenardi ... Fredi
Anatole Taubman ... Felix Schupp
Sven Schelker ... Röbi Rapp
Ingo Ospelt ... Emil Lutz
Antoine Monot Jr. ... Gian
Matthias Meier Matthias Meier ... Jean-Martin
Harriet Hasse Harriet Hasse ... Frau Tobler
Kenneth Huber Kenneth Huber ... Waitress
Christoph Keller Christoph Keller ... Rent Boy
Stefano Wenk Stefano Wenk ... Barber Andre
Maja Stolle ... Sue the Barmaid
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Zurich, 1956. The young teacher Ernst Ostertag falls head over heels in love with the transvestite star Robi Rapp and finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and his commitment to homosexuality. Ernst becomes a member of the gay organization DER KREIS and lives through the high point and the eventual decline of the organization, which in the whole of Europe is seen as the pioneer of gay emancipation. Written by Anonymous

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Love ain't a crime.


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Official submission of Switzerland to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015. See more »

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References Das Menschlein Matthias (1941) See more »

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Ich weiß nicht, zu wem ich gehöre
Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Friedrich Holländer)
Lyrics by Friedrich Hollaender (as Friedrich Holländer) and Robert Liebmann
Performed by Sven Schelker (uncredited)
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Well done movie about somewhat uninteresting people
5 April 2015 | by jm10701See all my reviews

The Circle seems like an unusually well-made home movie, like a 60th anniversary present from an extraordinarily rich and generous friend. It tells the personal story of an old gay Swiss couple through interviews with them and amazingly effective reenactments of their experiences in the mid-1950s in Zurich. They aren't particularly interesting people, but the movie is so well made that it's entertaining anyway.

As a documentary of Switzerland's uniquely civilized history of homophobia it's a curiosity at best, like an inside look at the interpersonal relationships between employees at a flower shop. If the worst that ever happened was a threat of forced outing, then Swiss gays have a lot to be grateful for and always did.


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Country:

Switzerland

Language:

Swiss German | German | French

Release Date:

23 October 2014 (Germany) See more »

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Zurich, Switzerland See more »

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1.78 : 1
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