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a short film by Richard Kranzin.

2017 | 25 mins | Germany.

a bittersweet coming-of-age tale of first love.

Dave says:

From writer and director Richard Kranzin comes this wondrous short film that speaks of the love between two young men, only for it to have supposedly been between two straight couples.

Reviving the era of free love '60s style, couples Rico (Philipp Kronenberg) and Eva (Zarina Zöller), and Friedrich (Lukas Sperber) and Julia (Linn Reusse) have set off on a 'wherever the mood takes them' road trip styled holiday that has found them make base camp alongside a picturesque lake. Delighting in carefree days and nights, they while away the hours swimming, drinking and smoking pot, getting high enough to get up close and personal with each other; foursome fashion. Only when Friedrich's lips touch those of his best friend, a side of his sexuality starts to emerge that's long been suppressed. Realizing that he's fallen in love with Rico, the question is not so much as to what to tell his girlfriend upon his return home, but more of whether or not his best friend feels the same way about him?

With picture postcard views of the glorious German countryside, this bittersweet coming-of-age tale has a lot going for it; in particular the wonderfully natural performances from its quartet of players, who between them vividly capture the playfulness of a close-knit group of friends who here find themselves freed from the clock-watching pressures of city life.

Yet fundamentally, this is the story of first love and how a fragile heart can so easily be broken. To that end, Kranzin poignantly contrasts the reactions of both men to their night of sexual intimacy, with Rico clearly more at ease with his sexual self than Friedrich, who is all but contemplating the repercussions of embracing his gay side, rather than going where his heart yearns to take him. Strikingly told, this is a tale that frankly beckons an encore.

›› available as part of THE MALE GAZE: THREE'S COMPANY shorts compilation.
›› posted: Tuesday, 31th August, 2021.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - bare-arsed cheek. 
Overall - file under ... 4 stars. 

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