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Jonathan (2016)

Unrated | | Drama | 6 October 2016 (Germany)
A young man learns that his dying father was once deeply in love with a man.

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Piotr J. Lewandowski (screenplay), Piotr J. Lewandowski (story) | 6 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Jannis Niewöhner ... Jonathan
André Hennicke ... Burghardt (as André M. Hennicke)
Julia Koschitz Julia Koschitz ... Anka
Thomas Sarbacher Thomas Sarbacher ... Ron
Barbara Auer ... Martha
Max Mauff ... Lasse
Leon Seidel ... Maik
Carsten Strauch Carsten Strauch ... Bernd
Ella-Maria Gollmer ... Christina
Robert Alexander Baer Robert Alexander Baer ... Vaddi
Romina Küper Romina Küper ... Vera
Matthias Lodd Matthias Lodd ... Arzt (as Mathias Lodd)
Christine Rollar Christine Rollar ... Stationsschwester
Anja Antonowicz Anja Antonowicz ... Krankenschwester
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A young man learns that his dying father was once deeply in love with a man.

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No need for secrets
13 February 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I don't want to be too critical because this is a foreign language film in a foreign language I'm not that versed in. But it seemed to me that Jonathan moved at a snail's pace and about a third of it could have been cut.

Hunky jock type Jannis Niewohner is in the title role, in America we'd say he was an All American kid. He's working the family farm which doesn't look any different from one in our mid west heartland with his father, taking on more and more responsibility because dad is dying of skin cancer. He's also got an aunt eyeing him like a slab of meat and he does give her a prime cut.

Now that he's dying dad played by Andre Hennicke decides to come out to him. The love of his life was Thomas Sarbacker who now that he's dying sees no need for secrets. He moves on in and that sure upsets the young man and the household.

I've seen this played out in all cultures. Back in the day gay was verboten over there and Hennicke married a woman for convention's sake. Not all that different from Brokeback Mountain.

A nice story, a necessary one, but the pace was way too slow.


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