This film adaptation of Martin Sherman's play by the same name is important because it addresses the Nazi persecution of homosexuals. Marginalized for decades, only recently have gay men from the era been able to tell their stories. I also recommend the documentary "Paragraph 175" for anyone interested in the subject.
Historically, it's undeniable the importance of this theme, either if it was a film made in 1997 or 2017. Clive Owen almost encapsulates a three-lifes man: the eccentric and desirable gay man, the hard and inhuman jew prisoner and it ends as a powerful human man. This is quite a film. It's like a great male version of Aimee & Jaguar.
A great story of love with the reallity of nazy camps. it goes to the depts of the human mind and scratches all inside, making us questioning about what we really want and what we are disposed to have.
heart-wrenching, brutal, draconian and yet shamelessly romantic; this may be a film that defies genres. is it an epic love story? is it a history lesson disguised as queersploitation? or is it a subtle black comedy? either way i'm giving it five stars
One of the sweetest....and saddest.... love stories I've ever seen. I bawl every time. This movie is amazing and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good film, especially a drama. Clive Owens performance is brilliant, as usual. Everyone else is fantastic too. Just don't watch it if you aren't ready to have your heart sink into your gut.