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The beauty of Jonathan
Written and Directed by Piotr J. Lewandowski
Cast:  Thomas Sarbacher, Julia Koschitz, Andre M. Hennicke, Jannis Niewohner, Barbara Auer

REVIEW by SEAN LEBER

 

In the age of high-tech CGI and blockbuster Hollywood movies with big name stars, it is always refreshing to see something new and independent but with stunning cinematography and a great cast.

Johnathan is a German drama. The 23-year-old Jonathan sacrifices himself taking care of his cancer-stricken father Burghardt and works on the family farm with his aunt Martha. Looking after his father is an everyday struggle for Jonathan, one which never seems to end. The relationship between Burghardt and his sister Martha is tense, for years they haven't spoken a word with one another. But when Burghardt's long-lost friend Ron shows up, Jonathan's father thrives. Jonathan, on the other hand, sees Ron as an intruder. His unease grows as he finds out more and more about his past. Then a long-buried family secret puts the father-son relationship to an acid test.

Johnathan has already won the hearts of critics in North America. The film has won awards at the Atlanta Out On Film, Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival, Salt Lake City LGBT Film Festival, and the San Francisco LGBT Int'l Film Festival.

Johnathan is an involving intense movie with an emotionally charged storyline. The soundtrack beautifully complements the story and visual aspects of the drama deftly exposing generationat conflict and putting a spin on traditional gay-themed storylines. Jonahtan has great casting and is refreshing to watch, a journey without any of the technical distractions that are normally expected from an independent feature film.

JONATHAN is available in the U.S. and Canada via Wolfe Video on DVD & VOD and across all digital platforms including iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, and WolfeOnDemand.com and many major retailers.


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