It's rare for me to give five stars to a movie, but this one merits the Full Monty in my opinion. With cute lads and good acting, it's a feel-good movie with a well-meaning message. Sure, it has the usual clichés that coming-of-age gay movies have, but these are couched within a story well-told. There's a good soundtrack too.
Tobi and Achim are best friends, both in and out of their local rowing team. Achim's in love with Sandra, but Tobi's in love with Achim. Sandra senses this when she tells Tobi, "You and Achim are like Siamese twins and I'm a witch coming between you." Tobi and Achim are close enough to indulge in sessions of mutual masturbation, but anything more is crossing the line for Achim. Tobi admonishes Achim as the latter storms off, "Jerking off in the boathouse is OK, but a little kiss is a disaster?"
More raunchy than the film `Beautiful Thing' but just as funny and just as poignant. I was moved when Tobi tells Anke, his supposed girlfriend, that he does not love her but loves Achim instead. But Tobi finds solace in the arms of Niels who advises him well that "If you hide your whole life, you'll forget who you are." Niels then proceeds to peel off Tobi's sunburned skin, as if symbolically bringing to light the real Tobi within.
The extras include a three-minute introduction in English by the young director, Marco Kreuzpaintner. He tells us that the film is based on his own experience of coming out. The film experienced good success in Germany, where the actor who plays Tobi (Robert Stadlober) was already a successful star. He is not gay, but admitted to the press that he had had gay experiences.
The disc also includes an eight-minute interview in English with the actor who plays Achim (Kostja Ullmann), whose sultry dark looks has understandably led to him gaining a large gay following!