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Summer Storm Review

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Small town dwellers Tobi and Achim are best friends, but Achim's girlfriend is beginning to come between them. The a crew of rowers from Berlin comes to town, and Tobi is really confused.

★★★★★

Whether gay or straight, the majority of mainstream teen romances are populated by impossibly photogenic lookers. Yet there’s something disconcertingly Aryan about the statuesque kids in this German rites-of-passage pic.

Any story about confused sexual identity is going to litter the action with bodies beautiful to make the lead’s choice more agonising. But here the camera fetishises in a decidedly Jarmanian manner that’s at odds with lead actor Robert Stadlober’s gauche hesitancy. His emotional cruelty towards would-be girlfriend Alicja Bachleda-Curus also feels overdone.

While it's unconvincing on an individual level, its group dynamic is sharp and credible, as Stadlober’s rustic Bavarian buddies receive a few life lessons from a streetwise queer crew from Berlin.