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In July (2000)

Cast: Moritz Bleibtreu, Moritz Bleibtreu, Christiane Paul, more...
Director: Fatih Akin, Fatih Akin
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Koch Lorber Films
Genre: Comedies, Romantic Comedy, Quest, Road Movies
Running Time: 96 min.
Languages: German
Subtitles: English
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A man who has never been lucky in love thinks his fortune may have changed, only to find his life becoming all the more complicated in this nomadic romantic comedy. Daniel (Moritz Blebitreu) is a shy schoolteacher who is often unsure around women, but when he meets Melek (Idil Under), a beautiful Turkish woman, he falls head over heels in love and agrees to meet up with her in Istanbul. However, while en route from Hamburg, Daniel spots Juli (Christiane Paul), a woman he knows, trying to hitch a ride. Daniel picks her up, seemingly oblivious to the fact that she's long carried a torch for him; when Juli discovers why Daniel is making a long trip through Central Europe, she figures this could be her last chance to win him over. Her attempts to win his affections lead to a number of arguments, reconciliations, unintended turns, and brushes with the wrong side of the law. Im Juli was written and directed by Fatih Akin, who previously won acclaim for the drama Kurz und Schmerzlos. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Staff Pick: German filmmaker Fatih Akin, whose most recent film, Head-On (Gegen die Wand), was arguably one of the more brilliant films of the past year, previously made a more whimsically enjoyable little film called In July. This treat makes for perfectly appropriate summertime viewing, but the title also refers to the free-spirited character played by Christiane Paul, who has a secret crush on a Hamburg student teacher (Moritz Bleibtreu, whom you might remember from an obscure little film called Run Lola Run). The road trip movie - which takes us from Hamburg to Istanbul - is enhanced by Akin's playfully non-chronological narrative, beginning mid-narrative and then moving backwards. While for some films, this sort of contrivance only serves to mask other deficiencies, for In July it merely adds to the pleasure, keeping us off-balance but engaged. Both Paul and Bleibtreu are winning presences, who also play their characters as believably imperfect, and it's a further pleasure to glimpse such cinematically underrepresented locales as Hungary and Turkey. You will forgive some coincidences and what may seem on paper a derivative plot, as In July still ends up feeling original and, ultimately, surprisingly deep. -- Tamara Lees

GreenCine Member Reviews

light fun romp by nate September 18, 2004 - 10:44 AM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
A fun romantic romp through the middle of Europe. Surprisingly solid for what it is, which is a romantic action comedy. In the interview included in the extras, the director mentions patterning it after "A Midsummer's Night". This is not a style I would normally like, but this film manages to pull it off.

A German Charmer by talltale August 19, 2004 - 5:11 PM PDT
9 out of 9 members found this review helpful
IN JULY is a nice double-entendre title, if ever there was one! You'll know what I mean once you've seen this German film--a pleasant romantic comedy with a contrived story, oodles of coincidence and a very predictable ending. Sounds iffy? As put together by able writer/director Fatih Akin (who does a nice turn playing a border guard), it all works. The acting takes the honors here and carries the film along on the shoulders of its charming characters. One of Germany's finest young actors Moritz Bleibtreu ("Run Lola Run," "The Experiment," "Taking Sides") is terrific once again, likewise the adorable Christiane Paul and the entire supporting cast. If you enjoy romantic comedies, you'll have fun. Just don't expect the moon--or, as this movie would have it, the sun.

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