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Free Fall [DVD]

Hanno Koffler , Max Riemelt , Stephan Lacant    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GA0NO3Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,707 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disarming and Affectionate 24 Jan 2014
By Philzee VINE VOICE
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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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6 of 6 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A moving,well acted movie. 6 May 2014
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This is a well acted and very moving story about a love affair between two male police cadets,and the result.Well worth watching.(in German,with English subtitles,which are very easy to follow.)
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9 of 10 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 Moving Drama 3 May 2014
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A real touching film of confused feelings that dwell deep inside of our main character. Acting is very good and the mood of the film is deep and dark. Both guys play their parts excellent, and you are left undecided on which path they should choose. He has so much going for him, yet the uncontrollable feelings for the other guy are so much stronger at times, he is left frustrated and so confused. It is a great film that has you engrossed the whole way through. Hanno Kofler is great to watch, from Summer Storm, where his character is so eye catching, to this lead role, he is really growing from strength to strength. Watch it, well word the time
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2 of 2 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fabulous film!
Published 7 days ago by Chorley Ste
4.0 out of 5 stars Acting was good - excellent but the storey was a little far ...
Not quite what I had in mind from the trailer - typically German. Acting was good - excellent but the storey was a little far fetched with an odd ending that left you wanting... Read more
Published 8 days ago by doodleesq
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad that there was not a happy conclusion
Very well acted and very convincing. Sad that there was not a happy conclusion. So true to life.
Published 17 days ago by Gerald Acres
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good and very fast delivery. thank you!
Published 17 days ago by max
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and a good
A German Brokeback mountain. Or so the critics say. Its a slow burning and simmering gay story of a married policeman. Interesting and a good end
Published 22 days ago by mt b r thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great gay film. German subtitles but an excellent storyline.
Highly recommended if you like such things.
Published 23 days ago by Rob Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This is just a stunning film, truly well shot and engaging. What I love about is film is that this really isn't a gay love story, but rather one telling the struggles of coming to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Mortel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! The Germans certainly know how to make ...
Great movie! The Germans certainly know how to make great Queer Cinema. Has been called "the German Brokeback Mountain" but it's far superior to that.
Published 1 month ago by Paul Godfrey
4.0 out of 5 stars film to watch
This flim was gre flim to watch at nice story line bit sad at the end you wanted the two lead actors to get together but good news
Published 1 month ago by anthony spicer
1.0 out of 5 stars dvd
this disc will not play at all on my equipment. I assume that I am region 2 since I am in Europe. I see no way to return it
Published 2 months ago by m brown
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