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Fashion Victims (Reine Geschmacksache)

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Wolfgang Zenker (Edgar Selge), a middle-aged traveling ladies' fashion salesman is in dire straits: his deadly rival Steven, (Roman Knizka) is threatening to steal his best customers and he's lost his driver's license. Desperate to stay one step ahead of his young enemy salesman, he cancels his son, Karsten's (Florian Bartholom++Ýi) holiday and employs him as an unwilling chauffeur. Things go from bad to worse: the bank is after him, the taxman catches up with him, his wife leaves him, his son announces he's gay and falls in love with his father's rival! Family and foe meet in an uproarious showdown where the bullets and misunderstandings fly.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Edgar Selge, Florian Bartholomai, Roman Kni ka, Franziska Walser, Traute Hoess
  • Directors: Ingo Rasper
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ariztical Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PNTU0M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,399 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 22, 2009
Format: DVD
FASHION VICTIMS (Reine Geschmacksache) is an entertaining little film that seems to have its roots in the French farce genre: characters running topsy turvy into situations that include hidden identities, well paced plans that go awry for odd reasons, and in general a healthy look at human foibles. Writers Tom Streuber and Ingo Rasper (who also directs) have dished up this confection with just the right amount of social comment, interpersonal relationship challenges, business antics, and family disasters to keep the comedy moving. And fortunately they have a fine cast of excellent actors to assure its success.

Grumpy egocentric Wolfgang Zenker (Edgar Selge) is first a clothing line salesman in the fashion industry and second an abusive husband to Erika (Franziska Walser) and his closeted son Karsten (Florian Bartholomäi), a young lad who yearns to go off to university to study Spanish but is shamed into being a driver for his father when the police reveal that Wolfgang has a suspended license. One of Wolfgang's business competitors Steven Brookmüller (Roman Knizka), a handsome young man with an eye for Karsten, parts company with Wolfgang - a fact that begins a chase of boutique visits and competition that alienates Wolfgang even further from his son and wife. When Wolfgang's true financial picture is as bleak as possible, both Erika (encouraged by her single girlfriend Brigitta (Traute Höss) and Karsten elect to indulge in their own futures, and in a series of hilarious accidents the lives of all the characters collide and change.

Fast paced, well photographed, and warmly acted, FASHION VICTIMS is a fun film that though it is listed as a gay movie, there is little in the story other than some momentary suggestions to deserve that label. This is a fun farce that should find a wide audience seeking a little escape from reality! Grady Harp, March 09
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lind on April 23, 2009
Format: DVD
"Fashion Victims" (Reine Geschmacksache) is a 2007 film from Germany that tells the story of a comically dysfunctional family, led by an egotistical, controlling father who puts his family second to his success as one of the top salespeople for a women's clothing line. His wife and inching-out-of-the-closet gay teen son, Karsten, make allowances for dear old Dad, but draw the line when his risky financial decisions result in a tax lien on their home and the loss of the money meant for Karsten's college. What's worse for Karsten is that he is denied the vacation in Spain he had planned with friends for the summer before starting college, and instead gets stuck driving around his father, Wolfgang, who lost his license for not taking care of a ticket.

Most of all, Wolfgang is nervous about Steven, a new, younger salesman who has been infringing on his regular customers, and stealing away sales he desperately needs. While waiting for his father, Karsten runs into Steven, and the two of them immediately hit it off, and start dating. It isn't until the comical whirlwind of events in the final 15 minutes of the film, that Karsten learns his "dream man" is his father's nightmare, making for a rather difficult coming-out for the young man, and a time for the father to reconsider his priorities.

A pleasant, light comedy with adequate acting and direction, though a bit drawn-out at 94 minutes. DVD has no extras except trailers and chapter stops. I give the film three stars out of five.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald N. Tan on December 30, 2013
Format: DVD
You'll have to watch the movie and realize the "Oh S#iT" moment in one scene of the movie. It was hilarious. The cast did well and it will crack you up. Definitely a movie to watch while cuddling with a date. You'll smile and laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pitbulltje on June 27, 2011
Format: DVD
I bought this one expecting it to be as amusing as "Regular guys" or "Balls". Unfortunately, it's not.
Don't read the comments on the cover cause they have barely something to do with the film.
I laughed maybe once or twice. Of course there are more funny moments, but they'd rather make you smile than laugh along loud.
Acting is good, but the action is rather slow, at least during the first half of the film.
To sum up: not bad, but Germans can do better :)
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JUST A REVIEWER2 on February 20, 2009
Format: DVD
(Alternate title for this review: "Thank god for espresso machines that make you take your clothes off.")---(Wait; how about one more alternate: "And when you pick up a guy, how do YOU get the conversation started? Why, ask him his astrological sign, of course. Works every time---don't believe me; just check with Steven and Karsten!).

((Here is my approach to obtaining/viewing/reviewing Gay tales in film form. Simply, it's seeking the holy grail of that genre, or looking for the "Addictive Film"---that movie one returns to time and again). Selection/purchase is based mainly on finding new releases by favorite directors/screenwriters and/or your comments/reviews at major online film sales or review sites. Sometimes I feel correctly steered by you (the "Keepers" filling my DVD shelves), other times mislead, occasionally badly (the "Throwaways"----and I do toss 'em). Rarely, I come across the "Addictive," those watchable every couple of months or so (see below starred *** area for a list......and some "near-addictive" as well). For some movies, I'll share a review with you, as follows. Thanks for sticking with me so far.))

Not to be outdone in the year, 2007, of some quite good gay films (the Yank's "Shelter" and the Brit's "Oh Happy Day [dvd]"), now comes along Germany's funnily enjoyable "Fashion Victims.
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