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  • Actors: Robert Stadlober, Kostja Ullmann, Alicja Bachleda-Curus, Miriam Morgenstern, Jurgen Tonkel
  • Directors: Marco Kreuzpaintner
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Subtitled
  • 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: 14 Nov. 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BH2U7S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,311 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Tobi and Achim, the pride of the local crew club, have been best friends for years and are convinced that nothing will ever stand in the way of their friendship. They are both extremely keen about the upcoming summer camp and the crew competition. At camp, Achim begins spending more and more time with his girlfriend, whilst Tobi becomes increasingly sceptical of their relationship. Then when the gay team from Berlin arrives, Tobi is completely confused. The evening before the big race, a storm breaks that is more than meteorological ...

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"an entertaining, sweet-natured tale with echoes of British charmer ‘Beautiful Thing’ . . . definite appeal for fans of Daws’s Creek and Hollyoaks . . . hard to resist" – Daily Express

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Son of Nietzsche on 12 Mar. 2006
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Yet another arresting film from Parasol Peccadillo, who have released such other gems as ‘Krampack’, ‘Sugar’, ‘Close to Leo’, and ‘You’ll Get Over It’ – all films dealing with similar issues to Summer Storm, and are themselves highly recommended for customers interested in the themes of coming-out / coming-of-age.
While there may seem to be a plethora of coming-out films on the market, the German Summer Storm remains fresh and enthralling. The premise is simple: boyhood friendship interrupted by the arrival of ‘girls’, causing one of the boys to reflect on how much that friendship means to him, and realising that he loves his friend in more than a platonic way.
There is the inevitable heart-ache caused by unrequited love and the confusion arising from an emerging consciousness of sexuality, but the film offers an exquisite insight into the emotions involved, with a very true-to-life representation. No doubt many people will recognise themselves in this film, and – painful though it may be – can relive some of the passions that they experienced with their first love.
As well as being tender, the film is also extremely humorous in places, which adds just the right balance to the pathos. Similarly, although there are only two girls with significant roles in this film, their attitude towards homosexuality provides a striking contrast to the stereotypical approach of the majority of the teenage boys.
Overall, Summer Storm is beautifully shot, touching, and presents some captivating characters. The acting is accomplished and hopefully we will see more of the talented (and stunning) Kostja Ullmann.
If the above appeals, buy it now; you will not be disappointed…
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Feb. 2009
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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!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By RDJ on 9 Jun. 2007
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Well this film really did suprise me, in that it is lots better than I expected after reading previous reviews. The story is simple & sweet, yet the acting by the main cast is both believable and spot on. The film has quite a few comic moments which just adds to its innocence and even though this subject has been done many many times before, this is definately one of the better, mainly due to strong performances by the main cast giving thefilm the 'Real' factor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PeterandPaulo on 10 Dec. 2009
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This was one of those films which plays on the mind for a while (I had watched clips on Youtube)and I put off buying it because it was German made with sub-titles. I wished I had bought it sooner as from the very start it had me hooked as the plot unraveled. The sub-titles did come fast and furious in places but I was so entranced by the film that it made little difference to my enjoyment. A lovely story of discovering one's sexuality that had me reaching for the tissue box to wipe my eyes. I can thoroughly recommend this video to anyone even those who don't generally watch gay themed movies. The acting was good and the characters were portrayed realistically. So go buy it and enjoy.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Mar. 2006
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Very enjoyable mainstream movie about coming out. Essentially movie for teenagers about teenagers. Deals with friendships, falling in love, loosing your virginity (or at least trying to), growing up and coming out. Very sweet, but unless you’re a teenager it only serves to remind you of the challengers of becoming and adult and fining out what kind of person your going to be as adult.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Close Range. on 15 Mar. 2011
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This film was wonderfully different from plenty of the coming out films around, in that it was not all about angst and sadness, but offered hope. Summer Storm follows several groups of young rowing enthusiasts, as they attend a summer rowing competition. The different teams arrive, each with their own prejudices and baggage. One of the teams consists of openly gay members, while contrasted to that is one boy on another team, struggling to keep his homosexuality a secret. Will he get the man he desires ? Will he lose the respect of his team mates ? Will he be found out ? Watch and see. The settings here are gorgeously filmed. Pristine lakes and forests. The handsome men that populate this film are also well worth a look, and can also act. A fresh and affirming coming out movie, beautifully filmed.
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