Free fall

Free fall

[Freier fall]

DVD - 2014 | German
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With a promising law enforcement career and a child on the way, Marc's life is going according to plan until he meets the free spirited Kay. They start jogging together, bringing a breath of fresh air into Marc's life, and for the first time, he develops feelings for a man. Torn between the life he knows so well and the exhilaration of this new adventure, Marc finds himself in a state of free fall, unable to make anyone happy anymore, least of all himself.
Publisher: New Almaden, CA :, Wolfe,, ©2014
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9781935423805
Branch Call Number: DVD Free

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ThisBoy
Oct 25, 2017

Since I am not a fan of Hollywood and their cult of dead gay people I loved this film. He's not confused at all and knows exactly what he wants. On another note there are many gay men married to a women on this planet. Here is an example of what happens when it all comes undone. There is no riding into the sunset as we often see from Hollywood in this movie. It gives an honest, down to earth, look at life from inside the closet. Lot more fun watching people who are gay play the lead characters. If you watched the terrific movie Sommersturm aka Summer Storm you will remember the muscle boy in the film. The second film in the series will be released in Europe this year.

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soundspace
Aug 21, 2016

As others have mentioned, this is kind of like the German version of Brokeback Mountain. Despite my issue with some of the story line, I thought it was well acted, the entire cast was stellar and the film always kept me engaged. I appreciate the fact that the ending was not sugar coated, it ended I think as it should. However, if you are looking for a happy, uplifting movie, this isn’t it.
Just a word of warning - There are scenes of graphic sexual content and nudity.

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Nursebob
Aug 10, 2016

As a gay man myself, If I had viewed this film thirty years ago I could have forgiven its glaring transgressions. In this day and age however the idea of a predatory homosexual loner taking advantage of a poor confused family man (his girlfriend is expecting their first child, of course) is not only a tired cliché its also vaguely offensive. Bettina and Marc make love while Kay and Marc rut like drunken sailors, and confronting one's latent feelings is a potentially life-ruining proposition with rampant homophobia coming from all sides. Writer/director Stephan Lacant does try to inject some humanity into the mess (the men kiss tenderly before popping Ecstasy and screwing) and their jogs along a forest trail are an interesting metaphor (is Marc running towards something or away from something?) but while this type of wet dream seduction fantasy makes for great gay porn, as a piece of mature cinema it fails at that first uninvited smooch.

Froster Nov 29, 2014

I have mixed feelings about the film, but certainly my feelings are way more mixed about the comments that have been left here by others. The film first---sexy, elegantly shot, well-acted, sensitively written—and yet, and yet. One keeps hoping for some insight into people who fall outside the old binary lines of “gay and straight”. The hero of this movie would seem to be one of them; healthily attracted to his pregnant girlfriend, then suddenly overwhelmed with passion for a fellow male police cadet. Unfortunately, then we go down the well-worn path of “young man struggling with his new-found sexuality, surrounded by misunderstanding, intolerance, and violent homophobia”. (We even get the figure of the ultra-macho sociopath who does his fag-bashing with a hard-on). It’s kind of a cop-out (HAHAHAHAHA) that doesn’t allow for the wider range of sexual and affectionate expression that, in fact, the film sets up. Now to address some of the comments left here—which also illustrate the very “binary” thinking I find at fault in the film. Really people? The evils of the closet? The most interesting thing about the film are the issues that it brings up about infatuation, love, obsession, jealousy, sexual expression and loyalty. What ultimately disappoints is that it becomes a tragic “coming out” story. Comments such as the ones posted here indicate that there are closed minds on both sides of the “only black or white” divide.

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boothseattle
Nov 21, 2014

This is just another sad pathetic film about closet cases lying and by doing so wrecking other peoples lives and causing sadness and hurt to themselves and everyone else. so that they can protect there perceived secret. It maybe chic to see the victimizer (closet cases) as the victim But come on it is 2014. Closets always were and still are for clothes

taraannrose Aug 06, 2014

Most of society fails to realize that homosexuality is a very important part of reality.
A lot of men I have met in my life were closet homosexuals that were attracted to me because I have so many gay male friends.
I do believe that men simply enjoy being with one another. And that society tells them to chase women and have children to "fit in"
If more women watched this movie they would understand that men are often forced to hide their homosexuality in order to avoid socioeconomic isolation.
This movie was beautiful.

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petehoover98118
Jul 13, 2014

Movie is very realistic. When I've dealt with married bisexuals, they seem to be like this. Scene after scene has happened to me in real life. It was ultimately painful to watch. One thing that the movie points out I'll agree with is that it seems that bisexuals put a lot of time and effort into developing their relationships with their male consorts.
Another pattern I noticed in real life is that when a married bisexual man has a relationship with a gay coworker, the managment seems to fire the gay man and tries to retain the bisexual married man, especially if he has children. Even if he's divorced. (Like I said, this movie was PAINFUL)

SpencerSpencer Jul 07, 2014

Tense, well-written, well-directed, although a little slow. I found this enjoyable and riveting. The leads and the tension (all kinds of tension) in the atmosphere almost made this updated current German police romantic drama almost seem suspenseful. It will be compared to BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN but there are sufficient differences to make this original and refreshing.

jmmason Jun 19, 2014

Finally, the NYPL buys a winner. This outstanding German import is about a police cadet with a pregnant girl friend who becomes infatuated with another male cadet. The movie is performance driven and the two guys are terrific. Unfortunately, it must be said, living in the closet is a lot like suicide: it's a very selfish, self-centered act that hurts a lot of people. The writing captures that part exactly right. This movie has an appropriate ending, a very 2014 ending. Sadly, the guy in the closet gets what he deserves. A must see. (Parenthetically, I followed this viewing by watching the 1960's Douglas Sirk pastiche, Far From Heaven, featuring Dennis Quaid as a closet queen married to Julianne Moore. Some things never change. Just get over yourself and COME OUT!) And I must agree that men, heteronormative or otherwise, prefer to be with other men. There's only one thing that women offer. One, thing. Everything else can be achieved in the company of other men. And enjoyed. More.

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roystreet
Mar 27, 2014

Hard to warm up to, partly for the air of guilt that hangs over it from the very first, but mostly because this tale doesn't fulfill our preconceptions about the state of gay liberation. Perhaps it's best appreciated as a gay artist's bitter indictment of conformist German society: Here, it says, is what comes of your pressure to 'Komm' -- come on, join the group, follow the rules. The film is not afraid to take the time to build a detailed case of divided loyalties. Marc's job -- as policeman (his social self), to enforce society's norms -- at odds with his heart.

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