Grosse Freiheit / Great Freedom
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Grosse Freiheit / Great Freedom

by Sebastian Meise

Secondary title
Great Freedom
Country / Year
Austria, Germany / 2021
Duration
118 Min.
Languages
GermanGerman
Subtitles
EnglishEnglish
Genre
Romance
Tags
History
Queer
Romantic
Crime
Direction
Sebastian Meise
Cast
Franz Rogowski,
Georg Friedrich,
Anton von Lucke,
Thomas Prenn

For Hans, the end of the Second World War does not mean freedom, not by a long shot. Instead, he is transferred directly to prison. His crime? Hans is homosexual, and the infamous Paragraph 175 of the German penal code makes sexual acts between men a punishable offense. But Hans will not have his sexuality denied and ends up behind bars several times in the years that follow. While there, he repeatedly meets Viktor, who has been convicted of murder. After initial disgust, a tentative trust develops between the two, which over the decades turns into affection. A precisely observed and virtuously narrated drama, carried by the congenial acting duo Franz Rogowski and Georg Friedrich.

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