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Unrated | | Drama, Music, Romance | 29 July 2011 (USA)
Two young soul mates find each other while working at an all-male performance club/brothel. Eventually, one contracts AIDS.

Director:

Jean-Claude Schlim

Writers:

Jean-Claude Schlim (screenplay), Christian Thiry (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Loïc Peckels Loïc Peckels ... Young Jake
Layke Anderson Layke Anderson ... Frank
Harry Ferrier Harry Ferrier ... Karl
Michael N. Kuehl Michael N. Kuehl ... Christopher
Gintare Parulyte Gintare Parulyte ... Rita
Sascha Ley Sascha Ley ... Frank's Mother
Chris McHallem Chris McHallem ... Frank's Father
Natalie Slevin Natalie Slevin ... Amanda
Kelly Jake Kelly Jake ... Boyd (as Jack Kelly)
Benn Northover ... Jake
Emma Griffiths Malin ... Carol (as Emma Griffiths-Malin)
Elias McConnell ... Young Hippy Boy (as Elias Comfort)
Roya Zargar Roya Zargar ... Young Hippy Girl (as Roja Zargar)
Marco Wirges Marco Wirges ... Bouncer 1
David Imper David Imper ... Bouncer 2
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Storyline

A glamorous, colourful coming-of-age story that follows the dramatic journey of Frank, a high school kid in 1984, through an exciting world of sex and music, where his deep new passion is suddenly turned into a struggle for courage facing a new disease - the "gay cancer" - and becomes deep, true love in the expectancy of his friend's horrible death and beyond. Written by Jean-Claude Schlim & Christian Thiry

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Taglines:

Make Love Your Goal

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Luxembourg | Germany

Release Date:

29 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dom chlopców See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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Color:

Black and White (still photographs) (archive footage)| Color
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Trivia

Reportedly, lead actor Layke Anderson refused to promote the film. He isn't featured in any interviews, nor attended any screenings. See more »

Quotes

Madame: How's my new boy doing?
Emma: Pulling at the reins to dance. I think he's a fast learner.
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Crazy Credits

Words are not sufficient to thank all cast and crew, producers and suppliers, friends and family, each and everybody involved in a way or another, following me on this natural flow during production and over all these years. See more »

Alternate Versions

An extended version of the film (121 minutes) features more explicit material cut from the 117 minute theatrical release, including a short orgy scene between extras in a dark room, and a brief shot of Jake masturbating in front of a client. It also includes more scenes with Frank and Carol traveling in Morocco. See more »

Connections

Features Imitation of Life (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Donne moi ta main
Music and Lyrics by Madelino Rodriques
Performed by Minos
©Nylon Records / Delux Productions
Courtesy of Equinox Productions
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Frenetic, phony, annoying and totally unbelievable
8 February 2013 | by jm10701See all my reviews

Unlike some other reviewers, I watch movies for the quality of the entertainment, not for the quality of the preaching. If I want to learn about AIDS, about the history or symptoms or progression or politics of the disease, I'll look it up - I won't watch a movie. I watch movies ONLY to be entertained, never to be educated.

The big problem with this movie is that it's stupid, boring and totally, totally unbelievable. It starts out like a farce, with cartoon good kids and cartoon bullies and cartoon bad parents all interacting frenetically; and the thirtysomething high school kid pumping his thing behind his unlocked door right when Mom and Dad and Little Sis noisily come home - but does he hear them before they barge in and catch him full-handed? Of course not! Or even like a high school musical (the painfully contrived, amateur Fame-esque dance that bursts out of nowhere on the high school steps as the opening credits roll?) Or God only knows what - except that it turns into a maudlin, preachy, soapy tragedy long before the end.

This is a TERRIBLE movie, in which Luxembourgers talk like Cockneys and the Dutch talk like Americans and everybody always looks like they just stepped out of the shower... and it's all just a crazy, mixed-up, phony mess that's as annoying as gnats swarming around your face. I hated it.


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