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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 (15) | Top Critics (1)

[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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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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

Full Review… | January 4, 2012

First released three decades ago, this self-produced portrait of Frank Ripploh's excursions into Berlin's gay world is curiously sexless seen in 2011.

Full Review… | July 20, 2011

A milestone in the history of both free speech and the representation of gays in the cinema.

Full Review… | April 23, 2011

Three decades ago, this was seen as a challenging "issue" movie. Now it looks more like a daring, acid black comedy filmed on the hoof.

Full Review… | April 21, 2011

A loving document of pre-Aids Berlin, and a touching comedy about the human desire for and struggle to achieve intimacy.

Full Review… | April 21, 2011
Daily Telegraph (UK)

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.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

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Pioneering work of queer cinema, written and directed by Frank Ripploh, who also plays the lead role, a slightly fictionalized version of himself. By day he's a beloved schoolteacher, devoted to his students; by night (and sometimes on lunchbreaks) he trolls the local leather bars, bath houses, and public bathrooms of downtown Berlin (the film makes excellent use of seedy locations), living the life of a sexual thrill-seeker. He eventually finds a man whom he thinks could be the love of his life, but it's hard for him to let go of his habitual promiscuity, even though it endangers his new relationship and eventually starts to affect other aspects of his life, including his job. A simple, character-driven drama made with little money and lots of ingenuity. While it is flawed, it's fascinating, and Ripploh (who died of cancer in 2002) is to be commended for portraying himself so frankly on film at a time when homosexuality was still considered unnatural and even criminal. The sex, when it appears, is quite graphic (some would say, not entirely unreasonably, pornographic), but this is not a 'sex film'; rather, it is a funny, honest, and strangely engaging study of one man's struggle to find a happy medium between the freedom he cherishes and the love he has finally found in another man. Interesting but challenging cinema here, folks!

Steve Joseph
Steve Joseph

Gay life not set in, but taking place in cold war era Berlin.I've never seen anything like it before or since.

Martin Johns
Martin Johns

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