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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disarming and Affectionate
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...
Published 7 months ago by Philzee

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A moving,well acted movie.
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.)
Published 4 months ago by John at Matlock,England.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great acting, 3 Feb 2014
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Great acting between the two leading actors. I enjoyed every minut of the movie, which is very realistic in both the home situation and the interaction among fellow policemen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Aug 2014
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Fabulous film!
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16 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Negotiating One's Freedom, 26 Dec 2013
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Although one is initially alerted to the possible use of the police academy setting to metaphorically delineate some of the dynamics present in a society's norms as part of its imposed conditioning (the training academy especially implying a sense of regimentation), this very well-made film actually registers most of its concerns in a low-key manner, allowing some indirection to come through the proceedings by giving enough space for subtler impressions and meaning.



Apparently, many viewers want to characterize the film's subject in terms of a conflicted choice between heterosexuality and homosexuality, which makes about as much sense as merely portraying its content as the treatment of a love triangle; it reveals a rather limited level of engagement and even suggests that such issues are far from politically resolved in their minds. But while the storyline could be read on the surface for perplexing issues around self-identity, sexual or otherwise, it is ultimately about someone who gradually allows himself the freedom to experience not only different ways of loving others, but also the vital ways in which life actually unfolds in a broader sense, beyond the difficulties of imposed human limitations.



The courage of Lacant's film lies in its delineation of what life is like when one truly begins to negotiate one's freedom by opening up fully to the presence of ambiguity and not knowing - entering into the "free fall" of the title - and going beyond limited distinctions, to find and live out what is actually true from moment to moment. A Taoist expression comes to mind as one follows Marc's trajectory into his own realm of truth: the more free you are, the more unpredictable you become.



Which asks us all: can you live out your truth in this most uncompromising way? Or, can you live with someone who is? What does freedom look like in a world full of all the shoulds and musts which we and others continually wish to impose upon ourselves? Marc begins to show us as he learns to submit to his own free-fall - which is no less than remaining open and vulnerable to whatever is transpiring.



The performances are excellent throughout, although working from a carefully written script which tends to deliberately tailor the depth of all the other characters beside Marc. Thus, while in the end Kai shows up as little more than a catalyst for Marc's awakening and perhaps generating our wish for a bit more character development, it is really Marc's story after all, and we are meant to inhabit the film's shades of meaning by traveling through his experiences from his vantage point.



It could be said that in a society no longer concerned with an immature sense of morality or inadequate ethics, Marc would both be able to bear a child with a woman as well as express the love he might feel for another man, if he is so inclined. But Marc, like the rest of us, is born in time, and therefore occupies a certain karmic status, posited by the complexity of circumstances... and the way to the truth is largely through one's karma.



Although we humans are still somewhat tribal and limited beings, whose sense of freedom is defined and grounded in our very limitations, the film nonetheless demonstrates in its closing statement that we can only live meaningfully by choosing from our own freedom - and thus encountering the possibility of a real and lived life, beyond all expectations - if we assume the courage to do so... a courage exemplified by director Lacant in this direct and honest film.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Downhill fast, 10 May 2014
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Risky business - movie about deeply closeted family guy. Is there anything new to tell on that subject? Judging by this feature I would say NO. Even fairly unimaginative Hollywood industry has explored this theme, rather successfully, in Brokeback Mountain.

Really, it's a shame because the lead men have delivered great performances and the chemistry between them was quite magnetic. Would have worked much better if it was only dealing with two gay cops and their day to day struggles with job and colleagues.

And what about the ending? Left me unsatisfied.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, 12 Mar 2014
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Arrived in perfect condition and on time. It was a really good film, easy to watch. A good storyline and easy to follow.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars freefall dvd, 13 Feb 2014
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I chose 5 stars because the dvd was excellent. Good quality and arrived promptly. The write up was also helpful in helping me choose it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 Sep 2014
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arrived safely
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Sep 2014
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Great film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of thee all-time great love stories, 7 Feb 2014
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Its just a shame about the ending. But before that you got romance. You got the excellent male nudity. And the sex is HOT.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars eeh, 3 Mar 2014
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Cliche
Not in touch with the times
Ending predictable
Some scenes were colorful compelling but characters lacked development. Pass it
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