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Summer Storm (2006)

Robert Stadlober , Kostja Ullmann , Marco Kreuzpaintner  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Stadlober, Kostja Ullmann, Miriam Morgenstern, Jürgen Tonkel, Alicja Bachleda
  • Directors: Marco Kreuzpaintner
  • Writers: Marco Kreuzpaintner, Thomas Bahmann
  • Producers: Birgit Brandes, Jakob Claussen, Katrin Holetzeck, Stefan Gärtner, Thomas Wöbke
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Liberation Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,192 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Summer Storm" on IMDb

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Tobi and Achim have been best friends for years. As cox and oarsman, they have helped their team win several rowing cups and are now looking forward to the important regatta in the countryside. As Achim's relationship with his girlfriend grows more seriou

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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Storm Clouds of the Mind September 3, 2006
This film was significant in Germany because Robert Stadlober is a popular young actor and band member there whose coming out in the character of Tobi was unsettling. Certainly Kostja Ullmann as Achim, his buddy and secret love, is cute enough to win many hearts. And his pretend love interest, Alicja Bachleda-Curus as Anke, is sweet and beautiful enough to convince nearly anyone that being gay is NOT a lifestyle choice.

When another rowing team bold enough to call themselves the QueerStrokes (which actually exists) shows up, Tobi gets to see the spectrum of gay characters, from manly Malte to effeminate Nils; and Marlon Kittel as Leo sure takes in an eyeful of Tobi as he bides his time. Seeking refuge from a raging storm (and from an increasingly stormy relationship with Achim) in a closed hostel building brings some closer together, and drives others apart.

There isn't much new for American audiences in that there have been a number of equally well done coming out films here, but Summer Storm rings true because it is at least partly autobiographical for director and writer Marco Kreuzpaintner, and Stadtlober and Ullmann certainly have chemistry together to spare as mates. In fact the whole crew seemed to be having a really good time.

The film ends with Tobi arriving home from the summer rowing camp a changed boy. Stepping off the bus and facing his front door his stern look changes to a faint smile. A small touch, but a reason Robert Stadtlober has won awards, and why the film will win acclaim.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
By C. Clay
This is by far one of these best gay-themed films I have seen since "Beautiful Thing" (released in 1996) - and one of the best films (of any kind) that I have watched since "Crash".

You will laugh out loud, and cry as you feel the agony Tobi endures while coming to terms with his sexuality. Tobi (played flawlessly by Robert Stadlober) is the leader of his rowing team, and looked up to by his teammates for leadership. When his team is up against another rowing team comprised of an all-gay team, his inner feelings are realized. Tobi deals with his feelings and love for his best friend Achim, and eventually deals with the complications of coming out to him. All the while dealing with confused emotions for his girlfriend and a new boy he meets on the opposing team.

The film is genuine, well-directed, well-acted and goes head-on with the painful emotions most younger people must face when trying to understand their sexuality. THIS STORY IS REAL! And proves once again that we truly cannot help who we fall in love with. Love is about following your heart - it's about people, not the sex of the individual's involved.

The movie hails from Germany, and is in German with English subtitles. Even with having to read the film to understand it, the talent of the young actors shines through.

Not only was I impressed by the story, even the movies scenes and settings were delightful. Kudos to here! Films, Genius Products and Liberation Entertainment for producing this movie. It's a shame Hollywood USA can't (or doesn't have the courage) to produce this quality and style of film.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The storms of summer April 19, 2007
Coming of age movies are a dime a dozen; but well told, well scripted, well directed, and well acted coming of age movies are rare. This falls into the latter group. The rare one. This was excellent.

Truly, I expected stereotypes galore. The cover of the DVD itself screams, "I'm A Gay Movie". In the opening credits, Tobi (Robert Stadlober) and Achim (Kostja Ullmann) were jumping and twisting in the air for no apparent reason, and the camera centered mostly on their crotches, showing their t-shirts as they rose above the elastic of their shorts to reveal well toned stomach muscles and hints of underwear. I thought, perhaps that's why they're jumping - to titillate. But I judged too hastily.

The film reveals its true purpose immediately: to tell a story. And we get the impression that all the skin we've seen, are seeing, and are about to see is not gratuitous, but rather that it represents the hormonal surges that the young men themselves were feeling.

We witness is Tobi and Achim in the locker rooms (boat house?) wrestling and goofing around - boys will be boys. It's noted that Tobi is aroused, and they masturbate together. Achim speaks lustily of girls, but Tobi's eyes speak only of Achim. This might be confusing to some American audiences, who would immediately assume that Achim is gay because he's doing this with another guy. Well, one of the worst kept secrets between teenage guys is that this sort of thing is not uncommon, even when both - or, indeed, all - members are straight. I say worst kept secret because straight guys never grow up and tell their wives, but gay guys grow up and tell *everybody*.

Achim has a girlfriend, who he obviously adores.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful January 13, 2007
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This realistic and refreshing movie made me remember my teenage years, coming of age times, in a delightful way. Although I grew up in Mexico City, in a less tolerant environment for homosexuality, I can relate to Summer Storm as a non-fictional story, full of aspects found in real life, emotionally open and tender. It is a beautiful achievment for Robert Stadlober. He managed to bring out the best acting qualities among the young cast.
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful coming of age film
It is rare that a film in this genre really captures the heart of the confusion that comes with discovering who you are- it was beautifully done, and beautifully acted.
Published 1 month ago by krj
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming out
Only in Germany would you find a high school all-boy's gay rowing team mixed amongst all the other teams. Unabashed, one of its members helps another boy find himself and come out. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lynn B. Schornick
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
This was worth the purchase. I can't begin to express how good this movie was. I can't wait to purchase more in the future.
Published 3 months ago by Henry Wayne Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars I mean, this has a target audience.
It's not the acting (which is good) that's going to make you want to watch this, many times perhaps.
You'll know if you're a fit for this or not just by it's own description.
Published 3 months ago by LiamC
5.0 out of 5 stars A Right of Passage
How come only the Europeans can make a half-way decent young gay movie?? This is another film that is so utterly charming, yet so true to real-life, that it hits squarely home to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Norvell J. Maher
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie
The movie was as I expected, coming of age and discovering of feelings and acceptance
There have been other movies like it but this one appeals to many
Published 8 months ago by Jesse V. Goytia
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch Marlon Kittel as Leo
The plot, the music and the acting were all extremely good. However, the actor who stands out among a fine cast was Marlon Kittel who played Leo. Read more
Published 11 months ago by C. Inc
4.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly Good
I thought this was going to be yet another gay coming age movie however it is well written and genuinely entertaining. I highly recommend it. You won't be disappointed.
Published 11 months ago by D.J.M.
5.0 out of 5 stars SUMMER STORM - a perfect movie
Discovered at Here TV - there's not a flaw in this film. Story line, characters journeys are true in all details and interest never lost watching them. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dana Skolfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
It was okay but the concept had so much more potential and it failed to live up up to what it could have been. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tom (Just one Tom)
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Is "schorsi" a slang term in German?
"Schorsch" is a Central- and Southern German nickname for Georg (German for George, pronounced gay-ork in German).

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Yes, there are English subtitles. In fact they can't be turned off.
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