12 May 2008

Coming Out (1989)



Coming Out (1989/I)

Coming Out - nešto za šta nisam nikada imao potrebe ni želje. Lakše mi je tako, bezbjednije, ugodnije. Ne moram da trpim razna sranja, podsmjehe, ogovaranja, torturu koju društvo nameće takvim ljudima.
Cijena kkoju plaćam za skrivanje svoje seksualne orijentacije je visoka. Dvostruki život, dvostruki standardi, sve je nekako duplo.
A najgore od svega je što živim u laži. Lažem sebe, lažem druge, lažem one koje volim...
U suštini oni koji mi kažu da sam kukavica u pravu su. Strah od odbacivanja je ipak jači od svega. Vremenom se čovjek navikne da živi tako uklopljen u svjet koji je na neki način sam kreirao. Nekog potajno voliš svim srcem , a za sve ostale tu je žena kao ulaznica u društvo "normalnih " ljudi.
Tako je kod mene i ne žalim se, a kako je kod onih koji svima objave da su gay pogledajte u ovom filmu.
Mladi profesor u srednjoj istočnonjemačkoj školi Philipp živi onako kako svaka majka poželjeti može. Uspješan u svom poslu, oženjen lijepo ženom , poštovan u društvu.
I sve bi bilo da sticajem okolnosto philipp ne upozna Mathiasa, otvorenog gay lika sa kojim dijeli slična interesovanja. Njihovo druženje rezultira emotivnom i seksualnom vezom. Philipp koji je svo vrijeme krio da je oženjen teško podnosi sjedanje na dvije stolice i ostavlja ženu.
Da vam ne pričam priču do kraja pogledajte film.
Ono što je interesantno u filmu je prikaz gay populacije u istočnoj Njemačkoj. Dok trabanti preplavljuju ulice, ljudi čekaju u neviđene redove da bi kupili kartu za pozorište. U gay baru likovi maskirani kao u najvećim queer klubovima, travestiti, transeksualci , pederi....
Obzirom u kojem je vremenu sniman ovaj film pederi su u tadašnjem DDR, bili bolje organizovani nego u mnogim današnjim balkanskim zemljama.


Coming Out (1989/I)

Director: Heiner Carow
Writer: Wolfram Witt (writer)
Release Date: 10 November 1989 (East Germany)
Genre: Drama | Romance

Plot Keywords: Nose Bleed | Drunk | Drunkenness | Closeted Homosexual | Coming Out
Awards: 2 wins & 1 nomination

Cast
(Cast overview, first billed only)
Matthias Freihof ... Philipp
Dagmar Manzel ... Tanja
Dirk Kummer ... Matthias
Michael Gwisdek ... Achim
Werner Dissel ... älterer Herr
Gudrun Ritter ... Frau Moellemann
Walfriede Schmitt ... Philipp's mother
Axel Wandtke ... Jakob
Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss ... Araber (as Pierre Bliss)
René Schmidt
Thomas Gumpert
Ursula Staack
Robert Hummel ... Lutz
Horst Ziethen
Gertraud Kreissig


Runtime: 113 min
Country: East Germany
Language: German


The story revolves around a young high-school teacher, Philipp Klahrmann, who during his first day at work collides with a female teacher, Tanja in one of the school's corridors. As a result of the accident Tanja and Philipp get to know each other and quickly develop a romance. While going out with Tanja, Philipp gets dragged into a gay party and there he gets to know Matthias, a shy 19-year-old who quickly becomes interested in Philipp. After they meet again by chance, Matthias invites Philipp to his birthday party that evening. After some hesitation Philipp ends up going and that night the two of them go back to Philipp's apartment and sleep together.

The situation with Tanja deteriorates, as Philipp becomes more standoffish and worried, as he begins to come out to himself. He is forced to come out to Tanja, after he and Matthias embrace during the interval at the opera. The hug which they share is clearly more than that of two good friends. Matthias is distraught upon learning that Philipp is married and runs out of the opera house. Over the next few weeks Philipp searches for Matthias, until one night he finds him in a bar with another man - one of Philipp's students. Matthias, obviously still very hurt, pushes Philipp away.

Following this Philipp goes to the bar where he and Matthias first met and becomes aggressive towards an older gay man. He then calms down and a scene follows in which, through his tears, Philipp listens as this older gentleman explains calmly that he understands what Philipp is going through, as 50 years earlier, he and his then boyfriend were arrested by the Nazis. Following this they were imprisoned in a concentration camp. In a speech designed to please the SED and DEFA, the older gay man explains how the communists helped him through his struggle.

The film ends with a scene in the classroom, as the headteacher - who obviously has discovered Philipp's sexual orientation - says that she and a group of teachers need to observe his classes to see if he's still suitable to teach. Philipp is quiet for a long time and this prompts the headteacher to say 'Kollege Klahrmann!' to which Klahrmann simply replies 'Ja'. Freihof claims that this single utterance signifies the recognition, by Philipp, of his sexual orientation and everything attendant with it. The film closes with a shot of Philipp leaving his apartment block on his bicycle


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