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Coming Out (1989)

A young teacher in East Berlin struggles with accepting his homosexuality.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthias Freihof ...
Philipp Klarmann
Dagmar Manzel ...
Tanja
Dirk Kummer ...
Matthias
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Achim
Werner Dissel ...
Älterer Homosexueller
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Frau Moellemann, Serviererin
Walfriede Schmitt ...
Philipp's mother
Axel Wandtke ...
Jakob
Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss ...
Araber (as Pierre Bliss)
René Schmidt ...
Junger Mann im Park
Thomas Gumpert ...
Larry
Ursula Staack ...
Üppige
Robert Hummel ...
Lutz
Horst Ziethen ...
Schmächtiger
Gertraud Kreissig ...
Schul-Direktorin
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Reportedly the first film to come out of East Germany to deal openly with gay issues. Philipp, a closeted teacher is dating a female collegue to keep up appearances. One night, by 'accident' he stumbles into a gay bar, meets and promptly falls in love with a young man. Transformed by this love he is no longer afraid to face up to who he is.report Written by Anonymous

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10 November 1989 (East Germany)  »

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The first East German film on homosexuality, it was shot on location in several gay bars and cruising areas in East Berlin. See more »

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Edited into Der nackte Osten - Erotik zwischen oben und unten (1994) See more »

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Unter der Haut
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Coming Out While Coming Down
22 August 2001 | by (Cleveland, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

At the very moment the Berlin Wall began to fall in 1989, Heiner Carow's film, "Coming Out," received its premiere.

The fact that this film, produced under the auspices of the state studio DEFA, had such a coincidental unveilng to a historical event, gave it added attention. It is an often interesting tale of a high school teacher coming to grips with his emotions, as he must decide between two loves.

Shot is actual East Berlin locales, the film gains in authenticity. It reportedly was well received in Germany, and enjoyed a respectable US run.


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