LGBT FILM FESTIVAL – COMING IN
Director Marco Kreuzpaintner (Summer Storm, Inside Out 2004) is back with this playful yet tender comedy in which a gay celebrity hairstylist faces an unexpected identity crisis when his efforts to attract a female clientele lead him into a complicated relationship with one particular woman.
Tom Herzner is the hair stylist for men in Berlin. He is uber attractive, has a sexy boyfriend and is about to launch his first hair product line. When his financial backers become nervous about focusing exclusively on the men’s market, Tom is forced to work incognito in a low-end salon run by the down-to-earth Heidi.
The bewildered Tom begins to enjoy his role and is inspired to create a shampoo that will drive both sexes wild. His main source of amazement, though, is Heidi herself, who has fallen madly in love with the unattainable Tom.
The hero is young, turns 30 during the movie, is rich, with a great love life. He drives around in a chauffeured BMW, no less. He is thrown in the company of a Sandra Bullock type, dishevelled hair and ungainly demeanour hiding a heart of gold. This is a chick flick, except that some of the chicks sport dicks.
In the end, he woos and wins the girl, despite much hand-wringing by his gay friends. In that sense, the guy turns straight at the end. Part II should be interesting, if there is one. As someone said, the real issues begin outside the church or whatever.
Perhaps this is due to the culture factor, here again we are shown a world where the characters faced no difficulty in getting everyone around to understand, appreciate and accept. There are a few negative characters, including a caricature football jock.