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Written by Duane Simolke   
Nov 17, 2011 at 03:44 PM

Writer/director Benjamin Cantu uses his background in documentary filmmaking to explore life on a German farm that operates in much the same way as in decades past. Interns accept much of the hard work, so they can learn a lifelong trade. However, Cantu combines a loosely plotted script and a lot of improvisation to share a fictional tale in that setting.

Initially, some of the improvisation shows a little, not in terms of the acting, but simply in causing the film to sometimes drag or meander a bit. However, the lushly photographed setting and the interesting day-to-day life of the farmhands propel the story. Soon, the often uncomfortable chemistry between leads Lukas Steltner and Kai-Michael Mueller takes over, making the story much more intriguing. Aside from those two actors, actual farmhands from the actual farm play most of the roles.

Marko (Lukas Steltner) seems ambivalent about his life on the farm, his friendship with the other farmhands, and whether he wants to stay. When Jacob (Kai Michael Müller) leaves his banking internship to join the farmhands, Marko suddenly finds someone interesting. Both actors convincingly portray young men who can’t quite handle or deny their attraction. Some of their most tender scenes happen away from the farm.

Benjamin Cantu tells an unusual story in an unusual setting, especially for a movie with gay themes. Cinematographer Alexander Gheorghiu finds beauty in every shot, even when not focusing on the two handsome leads.


















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Duane Simolke wrote about Texas comedy, drama, and closet cases in THE ACORN STORIES

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