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Shed My Skin (2015)

Aus der Haut (original title)
The adolescent Milan discovers his own suspected homosexuality at the age of 17 and the consequences for him and his family but also the liberation as he understands why he has been so down and rebellious.


Stefan Schaller


Jan Braren
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Merlin Rose ... Milan
Claudia Michelsen ... Susann
Johann von Bülow ... Gustav
Leonard Proxauf ... Christoph
Mercedes Müller Mercedes Müller ... Larissa (as Nicole Mercedes Müller)
Johannes Krisch ... Roland
Manuel Rubey Manuel Rubey ... Harro
Henriette Hölzel Henriette Hölzel ... Cora
Sophia Geidel Sophia Geidel ... Jessica
Vincent Alexander Göhre Vincent Alexander Göhre ... Leander
Isabel Schosnig ... Ines
Luc Feit Luc Feit ... Peter
Jan Bülow Jan Bülow ... Julian
Silvina Buchbauer Silvina Buchbauer ... Rebecca
Alexandra Finder ... Gita


The adolescent Milan discovers his own suspected homosexuality at the age of 17 and the consequences for him and his family but also the liberation as he understands why he has been so down and rebellious.

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Release Date:

9 March 2016 (Germany) See more »

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Good try for a whole movie about homosexuality (updated 2017/09/20)
18 March 2016 | by CMovie_officialSee all my reviews

EDIT (2017/09/20): After I read another review of this film, which recommends to "let my head be examined" - because this film deserves at least an 8, if not a 10. I can not and will not leave that without a comment. The review I was reading told relatively little about the film and its plot - it was more about the real love story of two Germans. Perhaps this results in the difference. I tried to evaluate the film objectively. And based on my described below aspects of this film, it can not get any higher rating. Being an actor to play a gay person is not an easy task. And (pitily) the protagonist does not succeed at all. In many places in the film, the reactions of the actors are so incredibly irrational and exaggerated that I wonder what message the film should convey. Perhaps, with stupidities, one receives the necessary attention from his parents or lovers? Okay, it's a feature film. But that does not justify the omnipresent over-dramatization. The almost convulsive attempt to steer towards an escalation bothers me. There are many films that tell a similar story (but way better) - for example "Summer Storm", "Jongens", "North Sea Texas" and "Free Fall", just to name a few. Watch them and then we can talk again about the content quality of "Shed My Skin".

PS: You don't miss a lot if you don't watch this movie.

ORIGINAL REVIEW (2016/03/18): The film does not shrink against the offensive approach to the issue of homosexuality. Even at the present time it is still a taboo when it comes to processing in movies. Nevertheless, it largely dispenses with clichés. The video image is clear, the camera work is aimed fully at the "third-person-view".

Overall, the film is worth seeing, but some character traits appear attached and not logically concluding at scenes before and behind on. Mostly you get the feeling watching puppets acting. Coincidences are brought partly demanded, resulting chain reactions are not fully settled and the final leaves many questions unanswered. The intention of the filmmakers is recognizable, but they still seem to have not sufficiently dealt with the complex topic. The film adheres to long on trifles and loses himself slightly out of sight. Also background information are scattered only scarce.

Conclusion: A good strip which promotes tolerance, but cannot cope with the full range of "other" sexuality.

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