Saturday, June 11, 2011


Romeos, dir. Sabine Bernardi, 2011 Germany, 94 min., in German with English subtitles 
Tue. 6/21, 9:30p @ Castro, ROME21C
Rick Okon as Lukas in Romeos.

From the Frameline website: “A sweltering German summer is the perfect backdrop for Romeos, a rich story of coming into one’s own. Lukas just turned twenty, just showed up for his year of civil service, just finished his twenty-fifth shot of testosterone, and is saving up for surgery. Life is looking good. But when he’s mistakenly assigned to a women’s dorm and as he falls for a hot guy, it gets harder to keep his secret under wraps.

“Girls surround Lukas, including his childhood friend and wingman, Ine. But Romeos is all about the boys. Fabio, the hyper-masculine object of Lukas’s affection, runs hot and cold, but their chemistry undeniably steams up the screen – until a birthday visit from Lukas’s family throws everything off balance. Blonde Sven is a caring new friend, but a drunken night turns into a dangerous hookup. As he gains confidence, Lukas starts ignoring Ine, who’s having romantic troubles herself. When he needs support, he’s suddenly alone. Will Lukas’s hormones get the best of him? Can he find a true connection?”

Romeos deftly captures both the maelstrom of emotions and hormones and the quiet, steady certainty of a young transman beginning to inhabit his true sense of self. Beautifully crafted at every level. Highly recommended, a Must See.

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