Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Germany, 2014. Salzgeber & Company Medien, Boekamp & Kriegsheim. Screenplay by Nils Bokamp. Cinematography by Alexander Fuchs. Produced by Bjorn Koll. Music by Ilja Koster. Film Editing by Alexander Fuchs.
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.