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      Summer Storm

      R Released Sep 2, 2004 1h 38m Drama LGBTQ+ List
      48% Tomatometer 33 Reviews 78% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings A teenager comes to terms with his sexuality and his feelings for his best friend over the course of a summer. Tobi and Achim are best friends and rowing teammates, and they have competed together in several races. During a summer training retreat, Achim's increasingly serious relationship with his girlfriend stirs up feelings in Tobi that suggest he views Achim as more than a friend. Events come to a head as the summer comes to a close and a big race is on the horizon. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jul 26 Buy Now

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      Strong performances and an inclusive approach to sexual awakening aren't enough to make Summer Storm a truly memorable coming-of-age story.

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      Bruce Westbrook Houston Chronicle Its coming-of-age yarn goes nowhere beyond inevitably out of a closet. Rated: 2/4 May 19, 2006 Full Review Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel It's sunny and frothy, with odd laugh-out-loud moments. Rated: 4/5 May 12, 2006 Full Review Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter This gay coming-of-age film from Germany ultimately has few original aspects, but it is an intelligently wrought drama that makes it a respectable entry in the genre. May 10, 2006 Full Review David Lamble Bay Area Reporter Summer Storm envisions a world where adolescents find their affections and orientation up for grabs, with the outcome a bit more important than winning gold, silver or bronze. May 9, 2020 Full Review Paul Dale The List Thomas Bahmann and Kreuzpaintner's script has all the natural rhythm and humor of a long-expired crawfish. Rated: 2/5 Apr 27, 2019 Full Review Dave White Movies.com Rated: 2/5 Apr 4, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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      dlma1 M I don't know why the critics didn't like this movie. I found it to be a realistic portrayal of adolescent struggles with sexual identity. It was well-acted and directed. Ignore the critics and check this one out. 7/10 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/11/23 Full Review Anton B This film is so real and is the number one in the coming of age genre for me. The amount of complexity achieved through genuine interaction in very little time makes it very relatable for young queer people, who often find themselves in a similar web of unspoken loyalties, stereotypes and the threat of change destroying everything they hold on to for support. The shots, the music, the acting -this film has played my heart strings for decades and continues to do so. Nothing about this is rotten and it's a detriment to the rottentomatoes that it is not in the 200 best LGBTQ+ movies of all time. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/05/23 Full Review andy n The movie is not bad! But very juvenile. With a very uncomplicated plot. Too slow story. But teenagers might like it. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Set in Germany the main character is a team member at a rowing team. At a training camp he finds himself. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member A good coming of age story.I certainly enjoyed watching it. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Just kind of average. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A teenager comes to terms with his sexuality and his feelings for his best friend over the course of a summer. Tobi and Achim are best friends and rowing teammates, and they have competed together in several races. During a summer training retreat, Achim's increasingly serious relationship with his girlfriend stirs up feelings in Tobi that suggest he views Achim as more than a friend. Events come to a head as the summer comes to a close and a big race is on the horizon.
      Director
      Marco Kreuzpaintner
      Screenwriter
      Thomas Bahmann, Marco Kreuzpaintner
      Distributor
      Regent Releasing
      Production Co
      Claussen & Wöbke Film Production
      Rating
      R (Drug Content|Sexuality|Language)
      Genre
      Drama, LGBTQ+
      Original Language
      German
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 2, 2004, Original
      Rerelease Date (Theaters)
      Mar 17, 2006
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 30, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $95.0K
      Runtime
      1h 38m
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