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Great Freedom

 
 
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Plot: In post-war Germany, Hans is imprisoned under a law criminalising homosexuality. Over the course of decades, he develops an unlikely yet tender bond with his cellmate Viktor, a convicted murderer.
 
Release Date: Out Now
 
Format: Digital | DVD | Blu-ray
 
Director(s): Sebastian Meise
 
Cast: Franz Rogowski, Georg Friedrich, Anton von Lucke
 
BBFC Certificate: 15
 
Running Time: 117 mins
 
Review By: Samuel Love
 
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Low-key but just as powerful as the grandest drama, Great Freedom is a poignant and tender study of love and the human spirit.


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Posted June 13, 2022 by

 
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Sebastian Meise’s incredibly powerful drama Great Freedom (or Große Freiheit) should be considered essential viewing this Pride Month. Based on the hundreds of thousands of men imprisoned under Paragraph 175 (which criminalised homosexuality) of the German penal code, Great Freedom is both a tender drama and a harrowing reminder of the countless injustices and battles faced by the LGBTQ+ community throughout history.

The non-linear fictionalisation of these many men’s stories follows Hans (Franz Rogowski) and his relationship with cellmate Viktor (Georg Friedrich) from ‘45 to ‘69. The quiet and understated drama unfolds slowly and with great tenderness and care, foregoing big, showy moments for impeccably crafted character study and a poignant portrayal of a truly dark time in queer history. Delicate and thoughtful, this is a film bursting with humanity that forces us to reflect on the period it covers while also filling us with hope for the power of love, and refusal to be broken by a system that tries to stop you being yourself.

Low-key but just as powerful as the grandest drama, Great Freedom is a poignant and tender study of love and the human spirit.

GREAT FREEDOM is available on Digital, DVD, and Blu-ray from MUBI

 


Samuel Love

 
Freelance writer. Email: samuel@smlcreative.co.uk


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