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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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