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The Toilers and the Wayfarers (1996)

Cast: Ralf Schirg, Ralf Schirg, Joan Wheeler, more...
Director: Keith Froelich, Keith Froelich
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Studio: Picture This
Genre: Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Coming of Age , Features
Running Time: 76 min.
Languages: English, German
Subtitles: English
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Three young men head to the big city for adventure and end up exploited and alone on the unforgiving urban streets in this cautionary drama. Initially set in New Ulm, Minnesota, it follows the exploits of two sixteen-year-old boys, the good looking Dieter and the mischievous Phillip. Both boys are find life in the small, largely Teutonic and conservative burg oppressive and unbearably dull. Some excitement comes in the form of Udo, the German nephew of Dieter's aunt. Phillip abruptly leaves town after Dieter spurns his tentative sexual advances. Dieter stays behind and endures taunts and gossip about his being gay. When his aunt dies, Udo takes the money he inherited and buys a sports car. He and Dieter then follow Phillip to the city. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Visually beautiful, gentle film by ravenboy July 10, 2003 - 2:58 PM PDT
8 out of 9 members found this review helpful
I thouroughly enjoyed this gentle, beautifully filmed coming-of-age movie. Although it felt like Keith Froelich found the script left behind by accident in a particularly precocious creative writing class, it seems he found a brilliant cinematographer to film it and at least three strong actors (Matt Klemp, Ralf Schrig and Andrew Woodhouse) who bring a grounded realism to their cinema verité performance style. Of course, Matt Klemp is simply beatuiful, (where has he been for almost ten years!) and we get to enjoy every inch of his body in fleeting glimpses throughout. No Oscar for writing, but I enjoyed it nevertheless and had a few smiles.

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(Average 5.51)
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