The Circle 2014

The Circle

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In 1950s Zurich, a shy teacher (Matthias Hungerbühler) joins a gay organization and falls in love with a female impersonator (Sven Schelker).

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Matthias Hungerbühler
Ernst
Aaron Hitz
Willi Öttli
Martin Hug
Kommissar Baumgartner
Markus Merz
Kommissar Stamm
Ernst Ostertag
Ernst Ostertag
Stefan Haupt
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Tobias Dengler
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Patrick Lindenmaier
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Critic Reviews for The Circle

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (23)

  • The final frames bring everything full circle, and will leave a smile on your face.

    June 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A richly absorbing historical docudrama revolving around Ernst Ostertag and Robi Rapp, who in 2003 became the first same-sex couple to enjoy legal recognition in Switzerland.

    December 18, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The Circle ... offers the best of both worlds, a perfect marriage of marvellous historical drama and moving testimony.

    December 13, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Tara Brady

    Irish Times
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  • It's earnest but rather sweet.

    December 12, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • The early days of gay rights are lovingly, clunkily presented in director Stefan Haupt's docudrama about Swiss gay magazine the Circle.

    December 11, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Henry Barnes

    Guardian
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  • A solid telling that spans several fascinating periods of 20th century life.

    December 11, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 06, 2015
    "The Circle" was Switzerland's entry for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language category, and it measures up as a fine film. The film is a dramatized documentary about the first legally recognized same-sex couple in Switzerland. Although the acting and production values are akin to BBC productions, one gets lost in the world of shame, fear and suspicion that surrounded the gay community in 1950's postwar Europe. It's really a compelling time capsule that's worthwhile to experience.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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