Posted on 1/19/13 07:15 PM
This movie deals with two very real issues of today's youth - sexuality and suicide. Even though, I really wanted to like this movie, I just couldn't get past the glamorization of suicide and violent behavior. As a gay person struggling with my own sexuality and living in a repressed society, I was appalled by the sudden and absurd turn of events. From an innocent kiss that brought the onset of unrealized emotions to an internet addiction to a suicidal tendency. I won't argue what reasons are good enough reasons to try to commit suicide but you're at a fault if you don't realize you have a problem or try to fix it. Dominik's father gave the impression that he was okay with his son being gay as long as he didn't embarrass him by kissing male statues... As for his friends, it could've possibly blown over sooner or later or if it hadn't he could've just alienated them from his life. I mean there were options but the character doesn't seem to want to take the necessary steps.
However, this film highlights another very important issue - the lack of mental health support in schools/home/society in general. The parents' prioritization of work over family along with their lack of a serious attitude towards Dominik's illness adds flair of reality to this situation. The acting is over-done at parts with a few unwarranted tears here and there but it's heart wrenching and downright depressing and if that was intended then bravo!, job well done. I have certain qualms about the story; I didn't see the whole my-world-is-falling-apart thing in this movie. Instead, I saw my-world-suddenly-fell-apart-in-a-matter-of-hours...
Again, I wanted to like this movie, it's about issues I care about but it just tried to focus on everything all at once without really giving a cause for the effect.