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The Summer House (2014)

Das Sommerhaus (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 15 April 2014 (Germany)
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A haunting portrait of a well-established German family living on the outskirts of Berlin in their ideal world, but are slowly shaken by external influences.


Curtis Burz


Curtis Burz
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Cast overview:
Sten Jacobs ... Markus Larsen
Anna Altmann ... Christine Larsen
Jaspar Fuld Jaspar Fuld ... Johannes Degenhardt
Nina Splettstößer Nina Splettstößer ... Elisabeth Larsen
Stephan Bürgi Stephan Bürgi ... Christopher Degenhardt
Natascha Zimmermann Natascha Zimmermann ... Anne Lass
Felix Witzlau Felix Witzlau ... Matthias
Tobias Frieben Tobias Frieben ... Oliver
León Delor León Delor ... Philipp


The Larsens are a picture perfect family from the German upper-middle class. They have everything that means comfort and should mean happiness. Business success, a stylish, light-flooded home and a full scholarship for their daughter to study in England. However, the head of the family, Markus, an architect, lives a secret, bisexual double life as his wife Christine and their eleven-year-old daughter Elisabeth drown in unendurable loneliness. Markus realizes that he has a strong yearning for one of his daughter's school friends, Johannes, 12, also the son of his tax penalty-bedeviled business partner, Christopher. He succeeds in getting closer to Johannes and binds the boy to himself with ever-increasing intensity. His wife is desperately aware of the emotional distance of her husband, but only her daughter Elizabeth, reacting to the sexually laden atmosphere, sees through the lies and secrets that she instinctively knows to be an growing, disruptive threat to the entire family. As ... Written by Burz

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"The Summer House" is a subtle portrait of human desire, inner desolation, self-deception and moral decadence. A film moving slowly, but ceaselessly to a final cataclysm. You want to look away, but you cannot.




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Bizarre but very good film
24 July 2018 | by berenshillSee all my reviews

A particularly German film with at times astonishingly vivid sex scenes that seem out of place in a mainstream picture. A few cuts could well have ensured a much better film, however the scenes with Markus and his partner's son Johannes are sublime. There's a fair bit of ambiguity (who is really influencing who) but I found this a plus rather than a negative; a lot is down to the sheer quality of the script and production values. Hollywood this isn't. I thoroughly recommend it.

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Release Date:

15 April 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Focusing Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (2.0)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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