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Aus der Haut (2015)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Merlin Rose 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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9 March 2016 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Shed My Skin See more »

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IMDb rating of 8, for all the right reasons
18 September 2017 | by johnfox-56042See all my reviews

"Shed My Skin", or "Aus der Haut", is an excellent movie, number 2,799 in my personal digital library.

I give "Shed My Skin" an IMDb rating of 8.0.

However, after reading the reviews of "Shed My Skin" in IMDb, I must wonder if I viewed the same film as the two fellow reviewers currently listed as of this writing. So, being a reasonable fellow, I enlisted the attendance of two native Germans originally from Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, to sit with me in my second viewing in order to critique my critique and thereby keep me honest. Incidentally, both of these fellows graduated from Heidelberg University with multiple advanced graduate degrees, and both of these fellows are probably still employed by The Federal Intelligence Service or in German the Bundesnachrichtendienst ( BND), the foreign intelligence agency of Germany equivalent to the CIA, directly subordinated to the German Chancellor's Office in Berlin, and therefore I must assume that they are not idiots. But they are gay, and they have been a couple together from their gymnasium days in Saxony-Anhalt.

As a retired career U.S. Navy intelligence officer age 94, I never inquire too closely into the current employment status of former and or current intelligence officers from any country.

I asked this pair to view this film after determining that neither had seen or even knew about "Aus der Haut" before my invitation, but I suspected that the story contained within this movie mirrored their own personal history during their gymnasium studies, given that they are of the same age and I knew that they have been together since those tender years. As it turned out, I was right. In spades.

In a nutshell, both of my young visiting friends and the young movie protagonists had the same unequal social-economic status as adolescents, both had enlightened and ultimately supportive families consisting of one or two parents, both were bright and creative, and both of these completely decent and wholly honorable guys were then struggling with the problems attending their being gay and being in love. With each other. Although, as in the movie, both dealt with these matters in very different ways, indeed.

Over a long evening the three of us ended up viewing "Shed My Skin" twice, focusing on casting, script, action staging, directing, and the usual technical aspects of successful moving-making. At the end of which my friends wanted to assign an IMDb rating of 10 to the movie, but out of prudent moderation and my personal recognition that they were unduly enthused by seeing what they saw as a cinema-graphic retelling of their personal teenage lives, I demurred with an IMDb rating of 8.

Parenthetically, I am fluent in German, as well as in several other languages, and both of my guests are fluent in English, as well as in many other languages, so we all agreed that the downloaded subtitles were quite adequate. And the three of us all agreed that the other two IMDb reviewers needed to have their heads examined.

May I be permitted to respectfully recommend that you see "Shed My Skin" or "Aus der Haut"?

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