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fun Berlin comedy
on 30 June 2014
Men To Kiss is a fun-filled film. A Sydney paper is quoted as saying "Hysterical!" in bold italics on the box, which may be overstating it, but there are quite a lot of laughs even so. The story focuses on a gay couple in Berlin, and the attempt of a female friend of one of them to get him for herself. It is sillier than most films, and is happy to be quite implausible as long as fun is had along the way. Going into the plot is likely to put people off, but when you see it the effect is quite appealing. The central couple (Udo Lutz and Frank Christian Marx) are charming, while all the supporting roles - except the very tongue-in-cheek villainess - give a good reflection of contemporary urban types, much more than usual, in fact. Tobi is camp, while Ernst is a very goodlooking bank clerk - really a dreamboat! It seems they fell in love at first sight, and that has to be threatened, but it all turns out well in the end. Some people may find the whole thing too ridiculous, but if you can go with it it has a pleasing confusion and warmth, and above all a rude energy. Swarthy Ernst with a flower behind his ear looks quite fabulous, high on drugs, and it has its sexy moments, as well as bit parts for actors with names like Nina Queer and Barbie Breakout. It's as if Berlin is getting back its atmosphere of unadulterated fun from the 1920s.