In 1930s Berlin, homosexual Max (Clive Owen) sleeps with German officer Wolf (Nikolaj Waldau), only to see him killed by his fellow Nazis the next morning. Fleeing with his boyfriend, Rudy (Brian Webber), Max is eventually caught and forced to beat his partner to death on a train to prove they have no connection. He's then sent to Dachau concentration camp and meets Horst (Lothaire Bluteau), a proud gay man also bound for the camp. Despite their harsh surroundings, the two fall in love.
This film is adapted by playwright Martin Sherman from his groundbreaking play of the same name about the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany.
- "Martin Sherman’s play about the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany makes its transition to the big screen with triumphant results. The acting is superb and the ingenious score by Phillip Glass adds a haunting, surreal texture to director, Sean Mathias’ opulent, Greenway-esque production. "
- "The film is a punch in the gut and a kiss on the lips...."
- "Director Sean Mathias has made a very stylized yet substantive movie about the plight of homosexuals in the Holocaust. "
Awards & Recognition
Prix de la jeunesse
Cannes Film Festival
GLAAD Media Awards
Torino Int'l. Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Gijon Int'l. Film Festival