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Summer Storm (2004)

Sommersturm (original title)
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A close friendship between two crew teammates is tested when one slowly discovers he's gay and attracted to the other.

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Thomas Bahmann (screenplay), Marco Kreuzpaintner (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stadlober ... Tobi
Kostja Ullmann ... Achim
Jürgen Tonkel Jürgen Tonkel ... Hansi
Miriam Morgenstern ... Sandra
Alicja Bachleda ... Anke (as Alicja Bachleda-Curus)
Angelika Brennfleck Angelika Brennfleck ... Thea
Josefine Müller Josefine Müller ... Claudia
Joseph M'Barek Joseph M'Barek ... Ferdinand
Tristano Casanova Tristano Casanova ... Georg
Roman Storm Roman Storm ... Günther
Jeff Fischer Jeff Fischer ... Flasche
Johannes Franke ... Martin
Anton Rattinger Anton Rattinger ... Gruber
Gerhard Oberwetter Gerhard Oberwetter ... Busfahrer
Tobias van Dieken ... Naturschützer (as Tobias Vandieken)
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Storyline

Tobi and Achim, the pride of the local crew club, have been the best of friends for years and are convinced that nothing will ever stand in the way of their friendship. They look forward to the upcoming summer camp and the crew competition. Achim's girlfriend Sandra is on the girl's team and he enjoys spending more time with her. Tobi becomes increasingly skeptical of their relationship. Anke, the pretty girl who has fallen for Tobi, doesn't make things any easier, then the gay team from Berlin arrives and Tobi is totally confused. The storm that breaks out the evening before the race begins is more than meteorological in this sensitive story about the complexities of growing up. Written by Anonymous

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life happens without warning

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

2 September 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Storm See more »

Filming Locations:

Steinsee, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,158, 19 March 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$95,016, 16 September 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Footage of a gay love story taken out of Sommersturm (Summer Storm) was immortalized as a music video Willkommen (or Welcome in German) performed by a popular German duo Rosenstolz.The song itself can be heard on the actual film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tobi: She said, "I don't mind?"
Achim: Those very words. Now chill. I have to keep at 140.
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Connections

References There's Something About Mary (1998) See more »

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Blonde on Blonde
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At Last! A Real "Camp" Movie Comes Out...And So Does Its Hero.
3 June 2005 | by cchaseSee all my reviews

First of all, it's incredible that a movie about a summer camp would come out that has a group of teenagers acting like REAL teens, not the idiots you see either in gross-out summer comedies based solely on bathroom and bodily-fluid humor, or with a dozen or more skeevy slackers getting high, getting laid and then getting hacked to bits by some guy in a mask bought from Chammps Sporting Goods.

Viewed at the same Gay Pride Film Festival here in D.C., it was a good opportunity to compare this--a little more serious coming-of-age drama, to the light and fluffy French sex romp "Cote d'Azure." Too bad something like SUMMER STORM isn't made more often here in the States.

It's summer time, and Tobi (the engaging Robert Stadlober) is in a seething state of sexual confusion. He wants to have sex with a girl, but his strongest feelings are reserved for his best bud Achim, (Kostja Ullmann), who in turn is having a hot-and-heavy romance with girlfriend Sandra (Miriam Morgenstern). Meantime, carrying the torch for Tobi is the heartbreakingly beautiful Anke (Alicja Batchleda-Curus), who has absolutely no idea where her intended's head is at. At least, not at first.

The four teens are all on rowing teams, and their coach takes them all to camp, to bond and train for the seasonal rowing trials. Among the rival teams is an all-gay team, the "Queerstrokers," who will soon prove instrumental in the awakening of Tobi, helping him realize who he is and eventually to reconcile the lopsided love triangle he is involved in, which can only produce consequences destined to bring about an unhappy ending.

Not to make the film sound too serious, but it deals with the themes of sexual confusion, exploration and discovery in a natural and non-judgmental way that is so lacking in most American features of this genre. The casting of the actors is just about perfect, as they all look, sound and perform like you would imagine German teens would, who are not that much different from any other young people their age anywhere in the world.

Even if the audience of SUMMER STORM isn't gay, it deals effectively with the kind of emotions and situations that all adults can relate to, back when they were younger, and kids who are the same age as the film's characters can identify with now.

A well-made coming-of-age tale for everyone (except for conservative prudes and pre-teens), definitely worth your time.


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