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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by other reviews
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 /...
Published on 12 Mar. 2006 by Son of Nietzsche

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and enjoyable
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...
Published on 5 Mar. 2006


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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by other reviews, 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As funny and as poignant as 'Beautiful thing' but more raunchy, 25 Feb. 2009
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Nicholas Casley (Plymouth, Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a watch.............., 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
5.0 out of 5 stars I am glad I bought it, 10 Dec. 2009
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PeterandPaulo "PeterandPaulo" (Forest of Dean Gloucestershire UK) - See all my reviews
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and enjoyable, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a fresh, cool rainstorm, this will invigorate you., 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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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What a rocky road it is to finding true love..., 18 Sept. 2006
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Certainly Marco Kreuzpaintner's Summer Storm does what it sets out to do. Moody and atmospheric, most of the film is set in the bucolic German landscape, with its picaresque woods, glassy lakes, green meadows and lots of sunshine. The crux of the story is the sexual politics that is played out over a summer of fun when three teams of championship rowers meet to go head to head with each other.

Will Tobi (Robert Stadlober) be able to hook up with Achim (Kostja Ullmann), his one true love? Tobi is gay - although he hasn't quite realized it yet, whilst the handsome young Achim is fiercely straight, but totally cool about gays and in love with a girl (Miriam Morgenstern). Of course, Achim's sexuality doesn't preclude a little fun-fuelled horseplay with Tobi on the locker room floor.

After confessing a love for each other, that doesn't include kissing and touching; the boys head off with the rest of their team members for a week in the country. Here the season melts into days of friendly camaraderie, the pitching of tents and lots of topless teenage muscle flexing. The boys then discover that one of the teams is called Queerstrokes, a gay team from Berlin.

As Tobi's sublimated desires begin to rise to the surface, the boys in Queerstrokes - and indeed most of the boys in the other teams - get naked together; spend languid hours exercising; mount each other in wrestling matches. For Achim it's all about male bonding but for Tobi it's all about coming out. While he's attracted to Tobi, he's also drawn the lads in Queerstrokes - call it a type of deep-seated affinity. Achim, of course thinks nothing of this. Tobi thinks about it all a little too much.

In Summer Storm the rocky road to true love and coming out is indeed plagued with anguish. There are the usual adolescent betrayals and jealous misunderstandings and a "summer storm" that signifies sexual awakening not just for Tobi, but also for some of the other characters. It's all very clichéd and generic, and plays out almost like a TV sitcom. And while all the actors are pretty - if a bit too adolescent looking - most of the characters are rather bland and are just not that interesting.

As The Village People's Go West and The Power of Love by Frankie Goes to Hollywood inexplicably begins to play, the sexual politics are played out and closet door flies open. Will Achim accept Tobi's affections? Will his straight rowing team learn a lesson in tolerance? Stadlober is believably awkward as Tobi, but his constant whining and emotional anguish becomes a bit tiresome. Coupled with the whimsical images of woodsy thunderstorms and birds flying off a lake, the film just gets a bit much after awhile.

Kreuzpaintner obviously has some talent as a director, but for a gay coming of age story, Summer Storm is remarkably straight and tame and is surprisingly as unoriginal as most straight sex comedies. Like a hardly legal pornography movie with extra plot thrown in for good measure, the movie is a perfect storm of clichés. Mike Leonard September 06.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 7 Dec. 2007
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J. Ives "Jammyjam" (Southampton, UK) - See all my reviews
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If you like Beautiful Thing you'll love Summer Storm. I first saw this film at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and fell in love with it. It's a familiar coming out story set against the backdrop of a rowing competition. Teenage angst is expertly balanced with humour. It is brilliantly acted and beautifully filmed, refreshingly uplifting and very funny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 4 Feb. 2008
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This is without a doubt the best gay movie i've ever seen, its really got everything. I barely know where to begin praising this film, firstly, its a great, moving storyline with lots of likeable characters. You really get drawn into the film with the stunningly beautiful cinematography, the opening to the film has a dreamy opening and instantly has you liking the 2 main characters who the film is based around, there's plenty of humour which really helps it along and there's certainly plenty of gorgeous boys which always helps! Basically, you must see this film, dont let the fact its foreign language put you off, you'll forget about that within minutes. Just buy it and enjoy a beautiful masterpiece in film-making.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable and mostly comic, 28 Feb. 2013
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Summer Storm is very good on adolescent sexual confusion, and takes it further than most films of this sort. There is something inherently amusing about camping especially if it is taken seriously, as it seems to be by some of the participants here. The gay team in this rowing competition are a very lively crowd and the interaction between the three main teams is often hilarious in a straight-faced sort of way. It really is quite brilliant in its succession of embarrassing moments, and there is certainly plenty of flesh on show from the boys, while the girls' roles are also not neglected, if more physically discreet. It is also not without its ambiguities - for instance the female coach of the gay team falls off her bike at one point in a classic comic setup, only to be undercut a moment later when we realise she has cut herself quite badly; but this leads to a romantic subplot between her and the coach who caused it which is quite touching. The natural world is noticeably well caught, and weather conditions play a role in a way that almost recalls Renoir's Partie de campagne, which has a sense of camp also, if from a different time and place. Where Summer Storm scores particularly is in allowing the main character to behave in a reprehensible way, on his rather painful path to acceptance of himself and others' essential being. It comes quite close to upsetting the comic framework, in an interesting way. It ends on a note of triumph after a storm that is all too realistic, both real and metaphorical, and one of the straight team has a particularly magnificent rear end, even though he seems to be unaware of his gay appeal and not very accepting of it ... Ah, how true to life ... yet the finale allows us to view it handsomely amid the popping champagne corks and cameraderie. And maybe one tent can unzip as another zips up - an olive branch of distinct appeal held out to the viewer who may well feel all too familiar with Tobi's plight. Plus, there's always the memory of that bum as revealed in the rowing all-in-one, glimpsed all too briefly in just two scenes, which is the stuff of dreams. I hope the actor would not be upset to read this!! - because really it is one of the things that is so wonderful about cinema: it allows you to look, whether at something noble or more earthy, without the compromise of staring in real life. One further point: it isn't at all like Beautiful Thing in my opinion - I wasn't very keen on that film so the Express reviewer's remark would have put me off if I hadn't already seen the German film before reading it.
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