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Summer House (The)

Germany, German, 95 mins

Original Title

Das Sommerhaus
  • Director: Curtis Burz
  • Writer: Curtis Burz
  • Producer: Curtis Burz

CGiii Comment

What a thoroughly unpleasant film...the grooming of a not-so-naive young boy...by a not-so-slim bisexual.

The husband's a creep. His wife is grim.

This film is hard work, not just because of the subject matter...there are a range of dubious acting abilities on show, wholly gruesome characters (including the kids), scenes that mean nothing, do nothing...

But...it is Burz's writing that takes centre-stage...staggeringly immature...lurching from the nonsensical to the downright absurd...

His direction is awkward...distinctly uncomfortable to watch - the swinging couples scene is a cringe more than a grimace...he either cannot direct actors or his actors cannot act - he has used the same actors in his previous films. Why?!?

Oooooh the bisexuals will be baying for blood over this one. Not only is he a bisexual...but, a paedophile...no-one is safe!!!

No-one should watch this!


Trailer...

The Summer House / Das Sommerhaus from focusingfilms on Vimeo.

The(ir) Blurb...

The Larsens are a picture perfect family from the German upper-middle class. They have everything that means comfort and should mean happiness. Business success, a stylish, light-flooded home and a full scholarship for their daughter to study in England.

However, the head of the family, Markus, an architect, lives a secret, bisexual double life as his wife Christine and their eleven-year-old daughter Elisabeth drown in unendurable loneliness. Markus realizes that he has a strong yearning for one of his daughter's school friends, Johannes, 12, also the son of his tax penalty-bedeviled business partner, Christopher. He succeeds in getting closer to Johannes and binds the boy to himself with ever-increasing intensity. His wife is desperately aware of the emotional distance of her husband, but only her daughter Elizabeth, reacting to the sexually laden atmosphere, sees through the lies and secrets that she instinctively knows to be an growing, disruptive threat to the entire family.

Cast & Characters

Sten Jacobs as Markus Larsen;
Anna Altmann as Christine Larsen;
Jaspar Fuld as Johannes Degenhardt;
Nina Splettstosser as Elisabeth Larsen;
Stephan Burgi as Christopher Degenhardt;
Natascha Zimmermann as Anne Lass;
Felix Witzlau as Matthias;
Tobias Frieben as Oliver;
Leon Delor as Philipp

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