In July [Im Juli]
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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.
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!
"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.
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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Romance, adventure, and exposure and symbolism; these are the elements that are embodied in Fatih Akin’s “I’m July”. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fatih Akin, a auteur in German Turkish filmmaking, delivers with Im Juli (2000), a film that's impact is felt across Europe. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fatih Akin leaves the audience with a cosmopolitan view of the world, in his intriguing romantic comedy: Im Juli. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Michael Blood and Megan Vetter, 10/11/2015
Title of Film: Im Juli Director: Fatih Akin Year: August 24, 2000
Disclaimer: To avoid spoiling the plot, read only the first... Read more
I love the movie, but I thought I'd let people know that this version doesn't have any subtitles.. English or otherwise.Published on May 10, 2014 by Brian
I got this movie because its description sounded good. However, I find it very long and drawn out, without a plot, really. Read morePublished on April 24, 2014 by Dr. Heidi Wright-Dobrzak
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 morePublished on April 12, 2014 by A. A. Baldwin