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92 minutes · 2015

Queer twenty-somethings traipse around Berlin taking in underground concerts, doing drugs, and having sex. This indie drama from writer-director-actor Yony Leyser (William S. Burroughs: A Man Within) is often as listless as its characters, who fail to emerge from the hallucinogenic blur of artsy gatherings and late-night revelry until the third act. A Chicago native, Leyser is keen on scenery, and his vision of Berlin's dilapidated edifices, concealed greenery, and pristine transit system make the city feel big and beautiful; not surprisingly, the movie also reverberates whenever he focuses on the slopes and angles of his actors' faces. In English and subtitled German, Hebrew, and Arabic.

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