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Fantastic German Film of Coming Out and Growing Up,
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This review is from: Sasha [DVD] (DVD)
This is the story of Sasha (Sascha Kekez) who is living in Germany having left Montenegro. His mother has pushed him to become a virtuoso of the piano and has worked extra hard for his private piano lessons. His father still has both feet placed in the macho centric society of Montenegro and would rather see his son exceeding at something more manly, like swimming or street fighting. Still Sasha's piano lessons are not wasted money as far as he is concerned as he not only gets to `tinkle the ivories' but also to indulge his crush on his piano teacher - self centred gay man about town Gebhard Weber ( Tim Bergmann).
Sasha also has a best friend in Chinese, voiln playing Jiao, although she rather fancies him and has been bemused by his reticence in coming on to her. All is soon revealed when Herr Weber decides he is leaving town for ever and a grief stricken Sasha tells her everything. Sashas' Dad thinks Jiao is also the girlfriend of Sasha but things take an awkward turn when his brother Boki takes a liking for Jiao and she don't say no.
This is just a beautiful film, when I read the synopsis I thought it was going to be one of those films that tries to be a bit arty in the deconstruct of modern relationships versus old country ways, and in many ways it is, but it is the way in which this is done that makes this so special.
Writer and director Dennis Todorovic has got the balance right on absolutely every single level. There is humour, understanding and sympathy for all the characters, and that is very rare indeed, Even though the story is about Sasha we get to feel how all of the people involved have a part to play and how acceptance can be painful for both sides when faced with a son coming out. It can be hard for so called modern parents, but coming from a more conservative background makes it infinitesimally harder. I mean his father won't even tolerate Boki having a tattoo, on his arm much less another bloke.
Not really a bedroom film, but there is a lot of passion, most of it pent up though. There is not a single bad performance and this is up there with my favourite German gay film, `Summer Storm'Summer Storm [DVD], it really is that good. It is in German and Montenegrin (sorry not sure what actual language that is) and with good sub titles, this is one I have rented and have now ordered it to own as it is one I want to share with friends and would love to see again. Highly recommended.