Sasha (Sascha Kekez) and his family return from Montenegro (where they’re originally from) to Germany (where they’ve been living for most of Sasha’s life). Sasha is looking forward to coming home, mostly because it means that he will see his piano teacher Gebhard (Tim Bergmann) again. But when Gebhard tells him that he will move to Vienna for a job, Sasha’s world quickly collapses and he’s faced with a few difficult choices.
Sasha was definitely my favorite film of the Identities festival. It’s funny, intelligent, engaging, has an incredibly charming cast and will just leave you grinning from ear to ear for the rest of the day, maybe even the week.
Lukas (Rick Okon) is on his way transitioning from female to male and part of this is that he does his voluntary year (the alternative to the obligatory military service in Germany), where he catches up with his best friend since childhood, Ine (Liv Lisa Fries). Through Ine, he meets Fabio (Maximilian Befort), gorgeous gay Italian playboy. Fabio and Lukas hit it off, only that Fabio doesn’t know that Lukas started out his life with female body parts.
Romeos is sweet, well-acted and for people who are not familiar with transexuality, it’s a good start into the subject. But with the didactic approach the film risks boring the more knowledgable audience and despite the honest emotions portrayed, this does happen.
Jake (Mike Iveson) is an American journalist in Paris. He spends his time mostly in bars, drinking, when he runs into his old university friend Robert (Matt Tierney). Jake also keeps crossing paths with Brett (Lucy Taylor) who he is in love with. Brett seems to return the feeling but both of them don’t seem to be cut out for a stable relationship, especially not with each other.
While there are very good parts to this play, I never really connected with any of the characters. That way, it gets boring quickly and I spent most of the play trying not to fall asleep.
An old man (Micha Lescot) and an old woman (Dominique Reymond) are preparing for one last party before they die. The man has something to tell the world, something important. But as the time passes, all that seems to be arriving are imaginary guests and more chairs.
This was actually the first play I ever walked out of before it was finished. Not only that, since there was no break where I could sneak out, I actually made people get up so I could leave. It was honestly completely unbearable.
Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) dreams of a career as a rock musician. When she meets producer Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon) by chance, she suggests to him an all-girl rock band. Shannon jumps at the idea and helps her find the members for the band. When they stumble upon the 15-year-old Cherie (Dakota Fanning), Fowley knows that he has found the missing ingredient for the success of the band – The Runaways.
I enjoyed the Runaways. It’s not the best movie there ever was, but it has some wonderfully interesting characters, a great soundtrack and good performances.
The Griffiths are a very devout Presbyterian family. So when their son Bobby (Ryan Kelley) comes out, this leads to a serious rift in the family. Spearheaded by his mother Mary (Sigourney Weaver) there are several attempts to “heal” Bobby, which ultimately leads to total estrangement and finally Bobby’s suicide. This in turn leads Mary to question her own belief.
Prayers for Bobby is pretty much the definition of “tearjerker”. Holy motherfucking crap, how I cried. Thankfully, it’s a tearjerker in the best sense: in the end you arrive snifflingly at a happy place. And it has the heart certainly in the right place.
35 years ago, Karen (Annette Bening) was a teenage mum and gave up her daughter for adoption – a fact that she never really got over. She’s grown to be quite eccentric and still obsessed with her lost child, when new co-worker Paco (Jimmy Smits) starts to break through her shell.
Elizabeth (Naomi Watts) is a successful lawyer and knows exactly what she wants – and a child or any kind of stable relationship is definitely not part of her plans since she’s pretty traumatised by having been given up for adoption herself. But an affair with her new boss Paul (Samuel L. Jackson) fits perfectly.
Lucy (Kerry Washington) can’t have children herself. Therefore she and her husband Joseph (David Ramsey) are looking to adopt.
Mother and Child was a weird bit of film. It wasn’t bad but there were quite a few what the fuck moments. In the end it dies of its own seriousness, despite the good cast.