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What's Between Us

Switzerland, German, 94 mins

Original Title

Unter der Haut
  • Director: Claudia Lorenz
  • Writer: Rolando Colla; Claudia Lorenz
  • Producer: Elena Pedrazzoli

CGiii Comment

Ever heard the one about the bisexual who got his cake and wanted to eat it all?

Ever heard the one about the bisexual who managed to wring blood out of a stone?

The only thing a bisexual is generous with - in the case - is his cock! According to this film (and the many others like it), their selfishness is greater than the gravitational pull of the planet.

Ever heard the one about the gay man who couldn't live in the closet anymore? Regardless of the fallout, he decides to be himself. This is a look at what happens to his family.

So...there are three stages to the [married] bisexual dilemma. Confession, compromise and, conclusion...which conveniently makes this into a 3-act drama.

Here, the confession is weak...there's very little explanation, very little confrontation, practically no consultation...basically, it's: I'm attracted to men and I am going to act on it!

The compromise is weaker still...I've met someone, why can't I have both of you?

And then...there's the conclusion...perhaps, the wife is a little too pathetic - especially in this day and age...in contrast, it is quite interesting to see how the kids cope with the situation.

It's all a little too simplistic, shallow and low-key. There's no delving into the heart of the matter...the result is a text-book [bisexual] break-up...demon husband, angelic wife and the kids wobble at first...then, take it in their stride.

Does it give an insight? Not really. Will it please the bisexuals? No.

There is a saying...less is more...well, in this case, it needed a little bit more. Still, no faulting the performances...the writing just needed a kick up the back-side.


The(ir) Blurb...

After eighteen years of marriage and three children, Frank and Annie seem to have lost their spark; Frank’s attraction to her seems to have waned precipitously. Things take a more serious turn when he admits to her that he finds himself drawn to men, but swears to her he hasn’t pursued his desires.

After an initial rough patch, things seem to get back to normal with the couple, but when they go on vacation with their kids, Anne learns that Frank has continued to explore his newfound attraction, and has met a man, Pablo, who he’s been seeing regularly. This revelation leads to a seismic change in their circumstances.

Cast & Characters

Antonio Buil as Pablo;
Dominique Jann as Frank;
Ursina Lardi as Alice;
Linda Olsansky as Monica;
Nicolas Rosat as Robert

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