Taxi zum Klo (Taxi to the Toilet) (1981)



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This very frank German film is a study of the life of gay elementary school teacher Frank Ripploh. The teacher's multitude of sexual adventures are thoroughly and explicitly detailed. Those willing to tough it out will be in for a remarkable experience, laced with wit, humor, and poignancy.

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Critic Reviews for Taxi zum Klo (Taxi to the Toilet)

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

Taxi zum Klo is an unsparingly honest film, documentary matched with (I assume) docudrama, in which Ripploh reveals himself fearlessly.

Nov 5, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Taxi is an unusual film which demands a lot of its viewers. Some will resent those demands. But it's a film that is too uninhibited, too honest, too good, too well made, to ignore or dismiss. It deserves to be seen.

Apr 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Taxi zum Klo treats sex seriously without sacralizing it; throughout the film, Ripploh reveals a wry intelligence about the eternal dilemma of monogamy versus promiscuity.

Sep 5, 2017 | Full Review…

[A] strong current of humour belies a serious engagement with the general, perhaps intractable problem of whether our impulses toward intimacy and unaccountability can ever be reconciled.

Jun 24, 2006 | Rating: 5/5
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Ripploh left teaching when disciplinary action was taken against him, and devoted himself full-time to filmmaking. This, his first feature, was made on a shoestring but the result is a mature work, perfectly controlled and finely photographed.

Feb 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Ripploh's filmmaking is rough-hewn, exultantly candid, and unafraid of bodies and orifices, in other words just right for his intimate and tart pre-AIDS document

Jan 4, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Taxi zum Klo (Taxi to the Toilet)


A ground breaking film to challenge the taboo of the German culture. Made with a shoestring budget, Taxi Zum Klo is a marvelous film looking at the struggles Ripploh himself faces as a public school teacher in the day, but an active hustler at night. The explicit content was sure to shock many, I thought the use of jumpcuts with vintage pornography was quite a clever twist in terms of editing. Taxi Zum Klo was also hilarious to watch with its use of awkward comedy. Perhaps not for everyone but certainly an interesting piece of art house gem.

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