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Desire Will Set You Free2015

  • 2.9
  • passes the bechdel test
DESIRE WILL SET YOU FREE takes you deep into the free-spirited, drug-fueled, queer-paradise of contemporary Berlin. Ezra, a struggling American writer, meets Sasha, a Russian immigrant escort, and he introduces him to his world of clubs and parties, a dizzying and vibrant hedonistic underground. As they journey together through Berlin's layered history and unique subcultural landscape, their relationship begins to take a new form and inner desires threaten to disrupt everything.

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What begins as a sort of Felliniesque exploration of the LGBT milieu in contemporary Berlin slowly morphs into a poignant tale involving a young gay male writer, his lover who transitions to being transgender, and his lesbian friend who after much philandering ultimately goes straight/bisexual and becomes pregnant. The director creates a wild merry-go-round in a kaleidoscope of dazzling color and visual compositions. The only drawback is its oftentimes distracting mixture of dubbed English and German dialogue. A better choice would have been to have the dialogue all in German with English subtitles, which would have given the film a more natural and convincing flow. Nevertheless it still succeeds as an engaging and visually captivating film.