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Balls [2004] [DVD]

Maximillian Bruckner , Lisa Maria Potthoff , Sherry Hormann    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maximillian Bruckner, Lisa Maria Potthoff, David Rott, Rolf Zach
  • Directors: Sherry Hormann
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I8OCLM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,697 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Hot on the heels of classic British comedies 'The Full Monty', 'Billy Elliot' and 'Bend It Like Beckham' comes a tremendous feel good movie. Winner of numerous festival audience awards including Outfest Los Angeles. 'BALLS' will have you cheering from the stands. When Ecki accidentally reveals his sexuality to his team-mates, discrimination begins to set in, and he is deemed to be too much of a 'softie' to defend a goal properly. Disgraced and ostracized from his local football team, Ecki swears revenge. He forms a rag-tag, all-gay team in the ultimate grudge match. It is a hilarious journey for Ecki, his family and the entire town in this thoroughly surprising comedy.


"Tremendously Likable" --San Francisco Chronicle

"A delightful comedy" --Village Voice

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 4 Feb 2009
This film is great. The characters are varied and dialogues are funny. (The subtitles are well translated). I watched it with several friends and we all enjoyed it a lot, laughing out loud at parts, which I don't do often in such films. I would recommend it.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT LITTLE MOVIE - FOR PIZZA NIGHT 20 Nov 2006
By lorenzo
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This will not be an Oscar winner but it is one that will be there for you when you had a bad day or when winter gets to you !!!!

In the league of Full Monty it is all predictible.

It is funny - soft and the actors are good looking too.

A very good quality / feel good movie a good little wine and pizza to go with it PERFECT.

And you don't have to be a footy fan to enjoy !!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy 21 Feb 2013
"Guys and Balls" was a great film to watch, and made for a very pleasant evening filled with moments of great comedy and a sincere commentary on homophobia is professional football.

With a delightful chemistry between its diverse and colourful characters, the story centres around Ecki (Maximillian Brückner) a well adjusted young baker from a small town, who loves the game of football. Having played for his club since he can remember, he has both embraced the sport as a passion and important part of his life. Having developed a strong companionship with his team mates, he finds both identity and purpose over and above his vocation as a baker. This however, starts to fall apart when Ecki unwittingly reveals that he is gay (something which he himself is only just coming to terms with). The torrent of institutionalised homophobia that erupts, is both destructive and jarring, forcing Ecki to leave his club, his friends and the comfort of his previous life. Whilst the aggressive anti-gay comments directed against Ecki are understandable in the current context of professional sport, it is the vile hatred of his friends which is particularly unsettling. Especially when considering that he has grown up with them, played soccer on the team for years, and developed extended friendships with many members of the team. None of whom now see him as the man they have grown up with.

Equally unsettling is the internalised homophobia of his town's residents, many of whom make crass comments and joke openly about Ecki in front of his parents (who themselves are trying to come to terms with his sexuality). It is for this reason, that one finds great sympathy and admiration for Ecki who in the face of a great deal of hostility and hatred takes a stand.
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The movie is perhaps a German version of Iron Ladies [DVD] [2001] - a movie about a closet homosexual goalkeeper in a regional football team, who gets kicked out as soon as this little facet of his life comes out. During a bad bout of mobbing he throws down a challenge of beating his home squad with a fully gay team.

The rest of the movie is about finding, forming and training this team, with a love story of the main character intertwined in. And of course, of the big game.

Overall this is a solid, funny, feelgood movie, which you are likely to enjoy, even if football is not your lifeblood.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Balls and More Balls 17 Jan 2012
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A feel-good movie, with some funny moments. Lots of stereo-typical characters and homophobic reactions and "jokes" - but treated in a comedic and "laugh-at-yourself" way. The theme of "coming-out" follows a fairly well-worn path but there are plenty of diverting characters and unexpected moments. The ending is completely predictable but it shouldn't be any other way in such a genre! You do not have to like or follow football to enjoy this. The opening scenes are completely unexpected and I suppose quite irrelevant but delightfully playful and reflects the closeness of the lead sibling characters.
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