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      Coming Out

      Released Nov 10, 1989 1h 49m Drama List
      Reviews 61% Audience Score 500+ Ratings A young teacher (Mathias Freihof) is torn between his feelings for a female friend (Dagmar Manzel) and a transvestite (Dirk Kummer). Read More Read Less

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      Bruce C. Steele OutWeek Line up early...the film has a sharp emotional power without giving in to its own melodramatic impulses... Jun 9, 2020 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 17, 2005 Full Review John A. Nesbit outrate.net historical context is its great claim to fame Rated: 3/5 Apr 25, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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      catherine w Interesting - the gay scene and Berlin of 1989. The film is technicolor, beautiful to look at. I'm not quite sure what happened in the last scene, but that's good too. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Felt a bit more dated compared to other 80s movies that I watched but I REALLY liked it. It's like the German My Beautiful Laundrette. It's a very charming and bitter-sweet look at the life of a gay man in east Germany (the scenes in the gay club were apparently filmed in real gay club!) some fun notes:- -The outfits in this movie were AMAZING. I must steal all these guys' clothes. -The first scene in the gay club is literally camp hall of fame Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member The only gay-themed film ever made in East Germany, first shown during the opening of the border between East and West, and a triumph of casting and mood, even if it seems that the director just gets tired of telling his story after a while and decides to end it with no conclusion. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member A deeply moving film about the difficulties of asserting a gay identity in a conformist society (way beyond the socialist background). One of the last great DEFA production, shot just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Something was really great about this film and this was the historical period that made everything even more difficult and complicated.Philip's struggles were so evident,so apparent.Freihof did an amazing job in portraying that and gave us a movie with the real angst of coming out.It is true though that the movie was too long for its own good.But at the end the final conlcusion was worth everything! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent German Film on the gay life on East Germany in 1989. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A young teacher (Mathias Freihof) is torn between his feelings for a female friend (Dagmar Manzel) and a transvestite (Dirk Kummer).
      Director
      Heiner Carow
      Screenwriter
      Erika Richter, Wolfram Witt
      Production Co
      DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      German
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 10, 1989, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jun 12, 2001
      Runtime
      1h 49m