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Romeos

4.2 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews

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Product Description

Lukas, 20, is a prisoner in his own body. As a pre-op transgendered person, he is constantly finding himself trapped in uncomfortable, compromising positions. His best friend, Ine introduces him to the gay scene in Cologne where he meets the confident and gorgeous, Fabio. The two develop a romantic relationship that tests the boundaries of love. ROMEOS forgoes stereotypes and conventions to offer an honest and humorous examination of the most basic of human conditions: friendship, sex, and love.

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charismatic --Variety

young and hip, vibrant and occasionally reckless, and funny while at the same time very serious --Edge

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Product Details

  • Actors: Rick Okon, Liv Lisa Fries, Maximilan Befort
  • Directors: Sabine Bernardi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, 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:
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  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005OTQIK8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,890 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Wow. Romeos moved me in so many ways that I feel...speechless. It's been a long time since I watched something that made the tiny hairs on my arms stand on edge. Moved to tears not only because of the performances (although they were extremely good) but because...finally someone has come along and made a movie so brutally honest, without apologies, on a topic that so many people are ignorant about. And we all know what happens when people are ignorant. Ignorance leads to fear and fear leads to blind hatred. That ignorance, fear, and hatred is what kills our youth, whether its from suicide or bashing.

Romeos was one of the movies I actually paid to see at last years 2011 Philadelphia Q-Fest. And guess what? When my mom and I got to the theater and were standing in line, we found out that something was wrong with the film equipment, therefore, we could either get a refund or come back tomorrow. Well, I had work the next day and I live about a good 40 mins from Philadelphia, so I ended up taking the refund. Since then, I have been patiently awaiting the movie's release on dvd and worried that I would be disappointed after waiting so long. Normally, that's what happens, but I was tickled pink that Romeos far exceeded my expectations.

As the synopsis states above, the movie is about a 20 something pre-op transgender FTM (female to male) named Lukas. He gets accepted into some sort of Nursing program and must live in a dorm while completing the course work. Even though Lukas has been taking hormone treatments that have changed his voice, hair growth, and general appearance, he is technically still a female. Because of this, he is forced to stay in the female dorms.
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OMG this is a great movie. Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry and just say to yourself WOW. I love the German gay interest movies. Always a treat.The story is excellently written and acted. The main characters give it their all especially Rick Okon who is just amazing. Well worth the money. You will watch it over again.
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.....you really need to see this film. Entertaining, well done, perceptive and insightful of the world of people "born in the wrong bodies." This German-language film deals with this subject better than any other film I have seen on this subject, including documentaries.
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Romeos is one of those rare gems that tugs at your heart strings and makes you cheer for the hero of the film. This movie has a lot of heart and soul. It was funny at times yet serious all the same with a very relatable subject matter to those going through what the main character is going through of a person trapped in the wrong body finding his place in the world and all the while searching for acceptance from the people around him and from within.

Rick Okon, who plays the brave and rebellious Lukas, a gay trans man who is transioning from female to male, is simply amazing. He played the character with such realism and truth that I couldn't take my eyes off of him, more so than the object of Luka's attraction, Fabio, the closetted bad boy played by Maximilian Befort, who was amazing as well in the film. The other actor who stood out in the film for me was Liv Lisa Fries, who played Lukas lesbian BFF -Ine, who had to accept her childhood friend transformation from a girl to a young man real fast.

All-in-all, this movie is exceptional and one of those that I could watch over and over again without getting tired of it.
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*In German with English subtitles*

This was a really good story. I was very impressed with the honesty and compassion I found here. The female writer/director (Sabine Bernardi) really gave the subject matter and characterization of Lukas a lot of integrity.

This drama centers around the emotional life of Lukas (Rick Okon), a young and very passable German Female to Male (FTM) transsexual, on his 25th shot of testosterone and 11 weeks away from his top surgery. Lukas has begun his year of social service and struggles with being forced to live in the female quarters. Here only one person in his dorm knows the secret of his gender identity... a female lesbian who was his best friend in high school and is aware of his whole transition. Lukas is very self conscious about his body (breasts, in particular) and is very needy and clingy with his female friend in most social situations. Although she struggles to accept how much her friend has changed... ultimately, she is always there for him and I thought he was very lucky to have her.

In addition to these struggles, Lukas (who identifies as a gay man) begins to explore his attraction to men.... men who assume he is a gay man. The emotional turmoil of dealing with his attractions, but not feeling comfortable or safe to act on anything or be honest with others, is a strong focus here.

Lukas doesn't have it easy. And yet I didn't find this story depressing. It was actually hopeful and inspiring in many respects. His family is at least partially accepting, he has one really good friend... and he's got online connections to other transmen who share their stories and support him. I was glad he had a support system and that the film wasn't just a story focused on violence and hatred.
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