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Based on a true story, Achim von Borries's period piece recounts the friendship between two prep school classmates: Paul, a sensitive poet from a modest background, and Günther, a reckless homosexual from a wealthy family. Invited by Günther to his family's summerhouse, Paul falls for his bewitching sister Hilde. They start a flirtation, but Hilde is already involved with Hans, Günther's ex-lover. Sharing some rather jejune notions regarding things of an amorous nature, Paul and Günther form a suicide club, pledging to kill themselves if they experience love and then lose it. Von Borries obviously feels there's something profound about his sensitive young characters, but faced with their dull narcissism it's unlikely anyone else will. With Daniel Brühl, August Diehl, and Anna Maria Mühe. In German with subtitles. 90 min.

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