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Free Fall [DVD]

Hanno Koffler , Max Riemelt , Stephan Lacant    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hanno Koffler, Max Riemelt, Attila Borlan
  • Directors: Stephan Lacant
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jan 2014
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GA0NO3Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,842 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A forbidden love between two police cadets, Marc and Kay, is at the centre of this brave and uncompromising film. Against the backdrop of intense physical training, the men grow close and instantly Marc is drawn to the handsome and charismatic Kay. Marc begins to realise desires he never knew he had as feelings begin to intensify between them.

Being a married man and a father to be, Marc is torn between his family and his love for Kay. Leading a double life, he finds himself in free fall and realises that try as he may, he will never be able to make everyone happy. Branded the German Brokeback Mountain, Free Fall is an honest and beautiful tale of courage, love and acceptance.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disarming and Affectionate 24 Jan 2014
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Apparently it's been branded the German Brokeback Mountain for its obvious similarities, but I enjoyed this a lot more. I always thought BM was a film about homosexual men made for a heterosexual audience. I don't believe that's the case here.

It tells the rather tried and tested story of a man (Marc) realising he has feelings for another man (Kay) at a time in his life that is ironically inopportune.

However, it's disarming and affectionate nature allows that it pulls off the whole "straight-guy-who-belatedly-realises-he's-not" with a fresh feel, assured script, and (always a winner) damn good acting.
It's entirely natural and therefore believable; you'll find no contrivance here, no clumsiness.
Indeed, a factor that sets this apart from similar films I've seen is the confident way it displays affection. Once you get past the initial and (a tad unnecessarily) awkward encounters there is a wonderful intimacy conveyed between the pair that isn't obscured by excessive shadow or so brief it would be missed in a blink. This lingering is wonderful and I hope emulation will follow!

I would have enjoyed a few more conversations between Marc & Kay in order to voice the progress of their relationship, particularly Marc's. There's only really the one in-depth discussion and it is so well done - full of subtleties, frustration and affection - that it made me feel the loss of similar scenes all the more.

This is an accomplished, confident film that is sure to please the most discerning viewer. It explores the ultimate perils of suppression and the fools it will not suffer, as well as the prejudices people harbour and the damage they can do.
The ending is a tad ambiguous but thankfully not as tragic as the film leads you to believe. However, it is likely the most realistic there could have been, and leaves a wealth of possible outcomes to ponder.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
Released in Germany as `Freir Fall' this has been compared to `Brokeback Mountain', but apart from it being about a man who is gay in a heterosexual relationship, I can't really see any other similarities. We meet Marc who is a cop and he has a pregnant girlfriend and what appears to be a life plan. Then at the academy he meets Kay who is more free whelin' than him and after getting off on the wrong foot they slowly hit it off.

Now despite the police or polizei being all inclusive these days there is still a vast undercurrent of homophobia and this is shown and there is some violence. Soon Marc realises what he wants and moreover who he wants but societal pressures and the arrival of his new baby son are all contributing to make him want to hurt the one he really loves.

This is a rather good film the two male leads are always guaranteed to put in a solid performance. Marc is played by Hanno Kofler - `Krabat' and the excellent `Summer Storm'. Kay is played by Max Riemelt - `Napola' and `The Fourth State'. The sub titles are good to ok as they are not always a literal translation which I know some prefer but I like it told straight. This is a film that will not tick all the boxes, the ending especially may fail to deliver for some viewers; there is a limited amount of scenes of a sexual nature but nothing to frighten the horses of even a randy pony to be honest. However, this is still a very strong film with some excellent performances indeed - recommended to fans of gay themed cinema.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The German Brokeback Mountain 13 Feb 2014
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Beautifully shot, and heartbreaking... Sexy actors, telling a sad story ... I can only suggest it to anyone grown up for it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth seeing. 28 Jan 2014
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One of the best gay films iv seen in a long time.
Very powerful and realistic.
This is one film to add to your collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great German Film 1 Feb 2014
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I bought this film based on a preview article and I have to say I was not disappointed. This is a great piece of drama that really engages you from the beginning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film 15 Mar 2014
By rgfife
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Bought this as have seen both Hanno Koffler and Max Riemelt in other German films and enjoyed their performances.

This film is a stunning piece of cinema, it's heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. I highly recommend it and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blue is the hottest colour 29 Jan 2014
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Gay films can be a bit hit or miss but this is the latest in a run of outstanding releases over the last few months, including Monster Pies, Let My People Go!, and Les Invisibles. It's one of those films you look forward to seeing as much the second time as the first, leaving you with a sense of emotion you want to re-enter. The tone is fairly serious, although the relationship between the two police cadets does have an element of ribbing. The plot outline sounds like an identikit drama but it is much more engrossing than this would imply. Hanno Koffler (Marc) is a familiar face from the excellent comedy Summer Storm, where he played a super-confident gay rower; here he is much less sure of himself, as an all but married man, about to be a father, but suddenly taken over by gay desires for a fellow recruit. The latter, called Kay, turns out to be something of a free thinker and rebel, despite his chosen profession, initiating Marc into smoking spliffs. One of these, blown from the mouth of one to the other, leads to the first lip-to-lip contact: a thrilling moment which initially makes Marc jump back when he senses what is really happening. But his instincts soon take over when Kay presses his attentions further in a couple of fairly breathtaking sequences, it has to be said. Some of the scenes do get a real intensity between the actors, which are often fairly short. There is an electric charge that Koffler (in particular) and Max Riemelt are well able to convey, while Katharina Schuttler does well with a less rewarding role as the girlfriend, Bettina. Only Marc really comes across in three dimensions, though (actual 3D could have enhanced it in certain ways - see below!). Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Film
It was very believable and felt like real life. I wish it could have had a happy ending but there was not one to have!
Published 6 days ago by Thomas Trewhella
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
This is going into my "Favourite Films' folder. It was very true to life and I thought the idea of two policemen getting sexually involved and how they deal with it was great... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Stuart Willey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
A really moving film with very good actors . I strongly recommend it . It can be compared to brokeback mountain .
Published 20 days ago by Yokaris Spyridon-Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotions emotion emotions....
A story of love and struggle, acceptance and denial..... A very good story. Nothing is clear cut in their relationship. Like in life...
Published 21 days ago by Eric Jamet
1.0 out of 5 stars A huge disappointment
This movie offers more than it delivers - I didn't really identify with the leading characters. German gay movies are usually better than this.
Published 26 days ago by David Pagan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film
So many of the Pecadillo films are done on the cheap, lack any character development and are predictable from the outset, but Free Fall was better than all those. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark
3.0 out of 5 stars It has all been done before many times, nothing new here!
Spoiler alert: The German "Brokeback Mountain" it is not.In fact it is more like The One [DVD] with basically the same story line complete with the same pathetic outcome. Read more
Published 1 month ago by AdamS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Arrived in perfect condition and on time. It was a really good film, easy to watch. A good storyline and easy to follow.
Published 1 month ago by Julian
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot chemistry
A very well acted and convincing film. The smoldering looks between the two main characters were very hot and totally believable, they looked genuinely into each other. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Happy customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent acting
I really enjoyed this German movie. Highly recommended. The actors adapt perfectly to a good script and render a great performance.
Published 1 month ago by Flavio Rizzetto
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