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"I didn't come here for secret sex".
on June 19, 2013
Cibrail (Sinan Hancili) is a Turkish policeman living in Berlin with his girlfriend. He has generally been somewhat repulsed by homosexuals, BUT underneath it all he hides an attraction to men that has obviously never been explored. Not until Marco (Engin Sert) arrives anyway. Marco is his girlfriends cousin who comes for a visit from Rome. There is an instant attraction for Cibrail who begins trying to deal with his inner feelings.
Marco on the other hand doesn't seem attracted in return but perhaps is supposed to be. Not until Cibrail is jogging through a public park and sees Marco receiving anonymous oral sex from another man, does he learn that there might be some promise here for exploring his sexuality with a man he actually sorta knows.
I did not hate this film, however it's really not at all the best choice one can make here. There is a lot of downers on this indie. For starters, the actors portrayed their characters well, but they lack the "feel" for getting their plot across to the viewer. There is a great lack of chemistry between ANY of them. Cibrail is billed to be a policeman, but in the few scenes he is shown with his partner on patrol, he is more like a rookie jr. cop. The dialogue is poor all the way through the film for all roles involved and the lighting is too shadowy in many places.
There are too many spaces with no dialogue whatsoever as it races through trying to set the pretense that Cibrail is coming to terms with things inside of him. He is supposedly in training for a marathon which the film for some reason never gets around to showing any signs of, or anyone else in Berlin training as well. Just one mention and that's all. Something about the Dr. said it's too late for this year, but nothing else stated as to what kind of medical condition may have delayed his training. Yet he jogs religiously with no sign of any other joggers, no advertisements, or public talk of a marathon. This is just one example of the sketchiness throughout this film.
No man pursuing another man in his own house would be so bold as to get up in the middle of the night and get in the shower with his unsuspecting houseguest with his own girlfriend in the next room and no locks on the doors, or closed doors. There are several such spots in this film where it is just too unrealistic for the viewer to grasp. There is however one very nice shower scene at the beginning of the film where Cibrail shows everything very nicely for the camera. It is the only full frontal nudity but it's just enough to get your attention and entice you to keep watching in hopes that things might heat up. It is also the only exhibition of a fairly decent looking male, anywhere in this film.
Sadly the plot never really picks up and nothing very steamy takes place either. There are a few butt shots and that's about all. If you have nothing else to do, this film will hold your attention throughout, but prepare yourself for a disppointment because it's plot and delivery are very weak. If you are easily entertained, you should like this one pretty well. It isn't a BAD film, it's just not a GOOD film. Should you be one of those people who are not at all easily entertained, I suspect you will not be happy viewing "The Visitor".