This is not Berlin

2019

This is not Berlin

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This Is Not Berlin uses one young man's sexual and cultural awakening as the fuel for a personal story with widely resonant themes.

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1986. Mexico City. Seventeen-year-old Carlos doesn't fit in anywhere: not in his family nor with the friends he has chosen in school. But everything changes when he is invited to a mythical nightclub where he discovers the underground nightlife scene: post punk, sexual liberty, and drugs that challenges the relationship with his best friend Gera and lets him find his passion for art.

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (9)

  • The details are fresh and the lead actor holds the screen even as his character withholds himself, defining who he will be in his own time and on his own terms.

    August 29, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Both edgy and sensitive... It doesn't go in the directions that you necessarily expect.

    August 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Family tragedy, legal matters, and the World Cup all zip through the drama, which has a miniseries' worth of incidents that get dispatched in quick, merely informational scenes filmed with little style or imagination.

    August 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "This Is Not Berlin" is both a sensitive coming-of-age story and a vibrant, affectionate ode to Mexico City's burgeoning counterculture.

    August 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Scenes rush by as quickly as the mounds of cocaine and faceless orgy scenes, creating a scatterbrained collage of provocative images devoid of context or meaning.

    August 12, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Jude Dry

    indieWire
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  • A gutsy collection of 1986 specificities, Berlin might not have an obvious narrative punchline in the end, but it remains one hell of a nostalgic revolt throughout.

    August 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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