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In July [Im Juli] (2000)

Cem Akin , Sándor Badár , Fatih Akin  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cem Akin, Sándor Badár, Moritz Bleibtreu, Sandra Borgmann, Dylan Gray
  • Directors: Fatih Akin
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001US47U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,089 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "In July [Im Juli]" on IMDb

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm, Daring, and Wonderful Love Trip... July 10, 2004
The aspiring teacher Daniel Bannier (Moritz Bleibtreu) has just finished his last day before summer break as a substitute teacher. Daniel has planned to stay in Hamburg over the summer sitting in solitude on his balcony reading books about physics and listening to jazz while everyone else is leaving for an exotic vacation. A boring stiff could sum up Daniel's persona before he met the street vendor Juli (Christiane Paul) who has fallen in love with Daniel. Juli urges Daniel to buy a Mayan ring with the mark of a sun from her as she reveals for him that the love of his life will be wearing a sun. Juli is scheming a love trap for Daniel as she invites him to a street party, however, Daniel is unaware Juli's affections for him and instead meets meets Melek (Idil Üner), a beautiful Turkish girl, as Juli is late to the party.

Melek needs to find a place for the night and she is flying to Turkey the next morning. However, she unveils that she is to meet her beloved under the bridge at Bosphorus strait that divides two continents. After Daniel has dropped off Melek at the airport he realizes that he must go to Istanbul in order to meet her under the bridge. When Daniel begins his journey he sees a hitchhiker whom he picks up, and it is no other than Juli who has decided to escape her sad loss of Daniel by travel. This is the beginning of a long journey for Daniel as he is forced to leave his secure little world and do a lot of things that he would never otherwise have done.
In July is a wonderful love story that offers much laughter and entertainment as the audience probably can relate to the feelings of both Daniel and Juli. Most of the story is told in a flashback as Daniel tells his tale for a mysterious man with a corpse in the trunk, which adds a level of suspense to the film. In the end, Faith Akin has directed a terrific cinematic experience that can lighten the heaviest of hearts and share some hope for those in need of a cheering up.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Note: German with English subtitles.

Daniel (Moritz Bleibtreu), a naive student teacher from Hamburg is pursuaded to buy an antique ring adorned with the image of the sun by a street vendor. July (Christiane Paul) the pretty girl selling the item tells him he will soon meet a woman wearing the same symbol. She will be his one true love.

July plans to be that true love, but Daniel bumps into someone else first wearing the sunburst symbol on her tanktop. She spends one night with him before leaving for Istanbul. He decides to pursue her and as fate would have it, July inadvertantly joins in the journey. And so the romantic adventure begins.

This is an absolutely fantastic film. Beautiful cinematography, wonderfully infectious music, great storyline and three beautiful girls. Besides the two actors already mentioned I want to also credit Mehmet Kurtulus and Idil Uner for their first rate supporting roles.

I could watch this film over and over again. My favorite German language movie by far!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The movie that has everything June 22, 2004
I'm writing this review because I would like "In Juli" to get the attention it deserves. I saw it in New York about 2 years ago. It literally was shown for 3 days and then completely disappeared. I know no one who saw it, or even heard of it,and that is a shame.
"In Juli" is a comedy, a mystery, a road story and it has fabulous scenery of eastern and southern Europe. But, best of all, it has the most romantic line, I've ever heard in a movie - we'll it's at the top of the list, along with all the best ones you've heard. I won't say what it is, you'll just have to buy the video.
The acting is splendid, my favorite one being Christianne Paul playing Juli, the lead female character. She is beautiful, smart and knowing and has a terrific smile. Moritz Bleibtreu plays Daniel, the male lead and it is wonderful watching him transform to someone who is basically not present in his life, to someone who can have adventures, fall down, get up and fall in love. The acting, overall, is excellent and as the story builds, you end of liking and routing for all the characters.
One of the many levels the movie is about is having to travel and have experiences that ultimately help you grow and change, and finally be able to see that the real love that you are looking for is right in front of you - you just need to be open to see it.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it in July, August and all year round! January 26, 2006
By 10catz
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In July is one of the movies that I can watch over and over. I will not cover the plot, since reviewers before me did a good job at it.

I would not consider this film a sappy melodrama, and I did not find it annoying like some love movies are. It is very lighthearted and kind. It tells a story of following your fate, finding your love, and of traveling across Europe without a penny in the pocket. In fact, it does not concentrate on love, although it is the premise of the film. You can just watch it as an adventure movie with many funny stories and situations. The actors do a good job playing their parts, scenery is cool, there are a few fancy and scenes with a trendy camera work, and the soundtrack is wonderful.

It is a typical quality European film. I hope you enjoy watching it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "star" among road trip movies July 16, 2007
Of the "road trip" style of movies this is probably the best I've seen. It is the story of a hapless science professor, Daniel (Moritz Bleibtreu), receives mystical advice from a street vendor that he will find his true love wearing a star. In a mix-up he has a fantastic one night stand with someone wearing a star, and decides to find her in Turkey.

Thus begin his travels and the discovery of his true love (his travel companion for a while). While the outcome for Daniel is know from the beginning of the film, the fun is in the journey.

Here the movie really shines. It never takes itself seriously, nor does it become a a movie of "one liners".

For me, the movie works on multiple levels. One can enjoy the (mis)adventures of Daniel's journey to Turkey, or follow the coutry side, or follow the director's images capturing Daniel's experiences, or follow the "Road less traveled" hiding beneath the surface, or enjoy the amazing acting of Bleitreu, Christiane Paul and especially Mehment Kurtulus.

I can watch this movie over and over and never tire of it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars no English subtitles
I love the movie, but I thought I'd let people know that this version doesn't have any subtitles.. English or otherwise.
Published 4 months ago by Brian
1.0 out of 5 stars German movie
I got this movie because its description sounded good. However, I find it very long and drawn out, without a plot, really. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr. Heidi Wright-Dobrzak
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, funny, strange... very entertaining!
We enjoyed this movie! Having see the director's work before (Head on! or Gegen die Wand) we weren't sure what to expect except that it would probably be unexpected and it... Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. A. Baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting ride
I first watched this film with my German class, and was pleasantly surprised. It's a romantic comedy/road trip movie, that is incredibly charming and funny. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Movie in amazing condition
This movie is amazing! It's my absolute favorite foreign film. It is a great movie about following your dreams and being spontaneous. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Chelsea Westerfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Light Hearted and humerous German film
Great light hearted German film with unique twists, albeit predictable outcomes. Good, positive film. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Schneidermann
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun flick
The movie was funny and easy. Great to relax with after a tuff day. I use the movies in German to help me understand the spoken language . This movie made the task easy. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Arthur Majorie
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this movie.
I purchased this movie to improve my German. Love the story. It is about a guy who is very uptight but changes over the course of the movie. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Public Defender 11th Judical Circuit
5.0 out of 5 stars We love this movie!
I initially found this movie at our library. We enjoyed it a lot and decided to own a copy. It is a great Fatih Akin movie. We often lend it to our friends. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ladybug
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope springs eternal
Nice movie with good atmosphere. Wish I knew some of the languages spoken, but still nice hearing inflections while reading subtitles, along with what little German I know. Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by David
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