I think it's interesting how life can hand you a message...I came across Alex And Leo and wasn't even looking for it. So, through a series of events, I was lead here and purchased this little gem of a film. I've always been a fan of foreign cinema, especially German. So when I find one that is gay themed, it's just another plus. I didn't read the other reviews, before I purchased this, so that I wouldn't be influenced by what I read and then saw on the screen. I'm glad I didn't.
"Alex And Leo" IS an independent film, but it has a lot of soul....the ensemble cast works together very well to bring you a light-hearted view on what could be a very dark journey. I guess if you've lived through situations, like the one in this movie, it might leave you opened to understanding the characters a little more. I have, so I found myself sympathizing with Andre Schneider's character, Alex. Without giving a lot away, he's been burned...regardless of his past or what he's experienced in a relationship, he's hurting. So, how he reacts is congruent with what has transpired. I have also been in "Leo's" (Marcell Schlutt's) situation...coming to terms with your sexuality and taking the steps to find acceptance. Again, this is my own unique view of what happens in this film, but if it didn't have the heart to back up the subject matter, I wouldn't be here writing this. I found the little things interesting, between the dialouge...the way Schneider used his eyes to convey an emotion, or the body language used by any of the cast members to make a sitaution feel real and not staged like a lot of films do.
So, to wrap things up...give this film a chance! It has all the situations that, I'm sure, many of us have gone through with our friends and lovers. That is why it resonated with me and it is a film I will share with my friends.