Prora (BOF9)

Drama | 23mins | German (Germany/Switzerland) | 2012



“In this deserted former Nazi holiday camp and communist military complex, teenagers Jan and Matthieu embark on an adventure that could change everything. Whilst exploring their surroundings they confront their identities and ultimately put their friendship at risk.”


Written & Directed by: Stephane Riethauser
Starring: Swen Gippa & Tom Gramenz


Prora from the outset shows you that it’s a film of exploration and isolation. It beautifully captures the essence of both with its use of the location, camera shots and score. At it’s core its a simple tale of a boy falling for his friend and them sharing a sexual encounter; which leads to a fight etc. It’s been done before. But the unique backdrop and play on Franco/German tensions gives it an edge. What’s nice too is the (almost) happy ending.


Things I Liked:
1 - Unique backdrop
2 - Realistic amount of drama
3 - Subtlety of the acting

Things I Didn't Like:
1 - Pacing

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