(out of 5)
Jonas can hardly wait to pick up his best friend Philip from the airport, the two of them embarking on a road trip that will take them on rural German roads towards Jonas’s family’s country estate for some much needed catch-up time, reunited after the years they spent as roommates when Jonas lived in London. Jonas is a photographer who snaps shots of his buddy along the way, at one juncture given more material to work with when they pick up Polish hitchhiker Boris and things spin in new directions. Philip, who is gay, strikes up some physical intimacy with the stranger that makes his straight best friend nervous: hair gets messy, sexy bodies run naked through the forest, photos are taken by the lake, and sunlight infects these personalities that might be unstable or just unsure. Tension-In-The-Woods melodrama is nothing new, nor are stories about gorgeous, young people challenging set ideas of sexuality, but brisk direction, beautiful scenery and palpable chemistry between the leads make this one worth the effort. You probably already know where it’s going, but you’re glad to see them get there.
Directed by Nils Bokamp
Screenplay by Nils Bokamp
Cinematography by Alexander Fuchs
Produced by Bjorn Koll
Music by Ilja Koster
Film Editing by Alexander Fuchs