Lexiophiles TGIFilm Selection No. 226

So it’s already Friday and if you are still looking for a good movie which may help you improve your German and entertain you as well, then here is my advice for you.

This movie is called In July (Im Juli), one of the masterpieces of the German film industry. I swear you can find everything in this: action, comedy and love. Actually it is a “German romantic comedy” which can sound like an oxymoron at first, but after I read many comments like this: ‘This German film tries to seduce its viewers, and it succeeds!’ I decided to watch it and it’s totally worth it. 🙂

The story takes place in 1999 at the time of the solar eclipse. Daniel is a physics teacher in Hamburg, a bit of a shy, unlucky, but very reliable guy who stays in the city after everyone left for a holiday. Juli is a huckster who sees Daniel every day on the street and she is kind of in love with him. With a small trick Juli tries to give him a sign, but by mistake she directs his attention to another girl, Melek. After their meeting Melek has to go back to Turkey, but Daniel, in the belief that Melek is the right woman for him, decides to step out his comfort zone and goes to get her. By accident Juli joins him in this journey through the whole Eastern Europe and Balkan in the hope that she can get closer to him. And the action begins here! We can accompany them through their trip, we can see fighting with a truck driver in Germany, car chasing in Hungary, ramp jumping with an old Dacia in Romania, smuggling the dead body of a Turkish uncle at the Macedonian border and of course a lot of fun with the taste of romance.

So at the end we can get a really good, but unusual road movie. If you have ever been to Eastern Europe, you will definitely have that melancholic feeling and if you haven’t, you can have a bit of taste about it (a bit stereotypical, but still good in a sarcastic way).

If you want a relaxing one and a half hour for your weekend that’s the movie what you definitely should see.


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