Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Summer Storm

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Summer Storm

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Summer Storm * Directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner * Starring Robert Stadlober * Here Films

A German coming-out movie with charm to bum, Summer Storm (Sommersturm) boasts an athletic setting that will appeal both to queer jocks and to admirers who always speculated about what really happens at training camp. Tobi (Robert Stadlober) is the star of his Bavarian rowing team, and he's excited about heading out to the country to compete in the big regatta, particularly since it will mean spending a lot of time with his cute best buddy, Achim (Kostja Ullmann). Even though the two of them enjoy the occasional side-by-side masturbation in the boathouse, it's clear that Achim has fallen for Sandra (Miriam Morgenstem) whose best friend, Anke (Alicja Bachleda-Curus), has a thing for Tobi.

Having the girls along changes the dynamic of the summer--and of Tobi and Achim's friendship--but not nearly as much as the all-gay rowing team that winds up in the neighboring camp. While the reactions of Tobi's teammates to the queer rowers range from disinterest to disgust. …

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