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Free Fall

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With a promising law enforcement career and a child on the way, Marc s (Max Reimelt, Before The Fall) life is going according to plan until he meets the free spirited Kay (Hanno Koffler, Summer Storm). 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 s finds himself in a state of free fall, unable to make anyone happy anymore least of all himself. FREE FALL is part of a new wave of powerful German cinema. Stephan Lacant s first feature film tells the dramatic tale of a man who finds himself outside the clear-cut boundaries of his world. Exceptional performances from Hanno Koffler (A HERO S WELCOME), Max Riemelt (BEFORE THE FALL, THE WAVE, IN THE FACE OF CRIME) and Katharina Schüttler (SOPHIIIIE!) provide a moving portrayal of what happens when life plans crumble and there is no way left to fulfil the needs of the people you love.

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Germany s Answer to BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN --Free Fall

Of the several fraught love stories in this year s NewFest, Stephen Lacant s 'Free Fall' is one of the strongest... 'Free Fall' is an upsetting and believable study of the disruptive power of unleashed desire. --New York Times

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  • Actors: Hanno Koffler, Katharina Schüttler, Max Riemelt
  • Directors: Stephan Lacant
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Wolfe Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2014
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HHYF5EI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,389 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 2, 2014
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Released in Germany as `Freir Fall' this has been compared to `Brokeback Mountain', but apart from it being about a man who is gay in a heterosexual relationship, I can't really see any other similarities. We meet Marc who is a cop and he has a pregnant girlfriend and what appears to be a life plan. Then at the academy he meets Kay who is more free whelin' than him and after getting off on the wrong foot they slowly hit it off.

Now despite the police or polizei being all inclusive these days there is still a vast undercurrent of homophobia and this is shown and there is some violence. Soon Marc realises what he wants and moreover who he wants but societal pressures and the arrival of his new baby son are all contributing to making him want to hurt the one he really loves.

This is a rather good film the two male leads are always guaranteed to put in a solid performance. Marc is played by Hanno Kofler - `Krabat' and the excellent `Summer Storm'. Kay is played by Max Riemelt - `Napola' and `The Fourth State'. The sub titles are good to ok as they are not always a literal translation which I know some prefer but I like it told straight. This is a film that will not tick all the boxes, the ending especially may fail to deliver for some viewers; there is a limited amount of scenes of a sexual nature but nothing to frighten the horses of even a randy pony to be honest. However, this is still a very strong film with some excellent performances indeed - recommended to fans of gay themed cinema.
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This is a great film for quite a few reasons. Since the other reviewers mention a lot of them. I’ll say ditto to the 4 and 5 reviewers and add my bit.
For me this film was about separation from the plan an individual makes when they are young, and finding out that that path is not necessarily the one which is right for you.
Marc seemed to come from a family of policemen and had been groomed by that family to follow in their footsteps. Anyone who has support from their parents will understand this. Parents love by trying to make sure their child doesn’t make the mistakes they made or they saw others make. They mean well, but often don’t see who their child truly is. The child is a child so blindly follows the chosen path, until they wake up.
Sometimes they wake by themselves, sometime an incident wakes them. In this case Kay woke Marc.
Basically if/when you wake up, it can be painful, as you realize you are truly alone in the world. However once you make peace with that, it is ever so liberating and you are free to be who and what you chose.
I believe this is why we are always told not to be in such a rush to grow up. It takes time to learn how to observe before you act. This is why many of us end up with houses, spouses and children without ever understanding that these things are not what we are looking for. Or if we do want these things, we do not take into account how much of our Selves we have to give to each of these things.
As far as the gay angle, well we humans love to persecute any thing, idea or one that is different, which to me translates as if you are persecuting someone you are either jealous or afraid... Yeah, you are a “Pussy.” Instead of lashing out, go inside and figure out what the hell scares you so much and face it. Yes, gay person here. Great film on many levels.
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Although one is initially alerted to the possible use of the police academy setting to metaphorically delineate some of the dynamics present in a society's norms as part of its imposed conditioning (the training academy especially implying a sense of regimentation), this very well-made film actually registers most of its concerns in a low-key manner, allowing some indirection to come through the proceedings by giving enough space for subtler impressions and meaning. 



Apparently, many viewers want to characterize the film's subject in terms of a conflicted choice between heterosexuality and homosexuality, which makes about as much sense as merely portraying its content as the treatment of a love triangle; it reveals a rather limited level of engagement and even suggests that such issues are far from politically resolved in their minds. But while the storyline could be read on the surface for perplexing issues around self-identity, sexual or otherwise, it is ultimately about someone who gradually allows himself the freedom to experience not only different ways of loving others, but also the vital ways in which life actually unfolds in a broader sense, beyond the difficulties of imposed human limitations. 



The courage of Lacant's film lies in its delineation of what life is like when one truly begins to negotiate one's freedom by opening up fully to the presence of ambiguity and not knowing - entering into the "free fall" of the title - and going beyond limited distinctions, to find and live out what is actually true from moment to moment. A Taoist expression comes to mind as one follows Marc's trajectory into his own realm of truth: the more free you are, the more unpredictable you become.
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