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In July [Im Juli]

Moritz Bleibtreu , Christiane Paul , Fatih Akin    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Warm, Daring, and Wonderful Love Trip... July 10 2004
Format:DVD
The aspiring teacher Daniel Bannier (Moritz Bleibtreu) has just finished his last day before summer break as a substitute teacher. Daniel has planned to stay in Hamburg over the summer sitting in solitude on his balcony reading books about physics and listening to jazz while everyone else is leaving for an exotic vacation. A boring stiff could sum up Daniel's persona before he met the street vendor Juli (Christiane Paul) who has fallen in love with Daniel. Juli urges Daniel to buy a Mayan ring with the mark of a sun from her as she reveals for him that the love of his life will be wearing a sun. Juli is scheming a love trap for Daniel as she invites him to a street party, however, Daniel is unaware Juli's affections for him and instead meets meets Melek (Idil Üner), a beautiful Turkish girl, as Juli is late to the party.

Melek needs to find a place for the night and she is flying to Turkey the next morning. However, she unveils that she is to meet her beloved under the bridge at Bosphorus strait that divides two continents. After Daniel has dropped off Melek at the airport he realizes that he must go to Istanbul in order to meet her under the bridge. When Daniel begins his journey he sees a hitchhiker whom he picks up, and it is no other than Juli who has decided to escape her sad loss of Daniel by travel. This is the beginning of a long journey for Daniel as he is forced to leave his secure little world and do a lot of things that he would never otherwise have done.
In July is a wonderful love story that offers much laughter and entertainment as the audience probably can relate to the feelings of both Daniel and Juli. Most of the story is told in a flashback as Daniel tells his tale for a mysterious man with a corpse in the trunk, which adds a level of suspense to the film. In the end, Faith Akin has directed a terrific cinematic experience that can lighten the heaviest of hearts and share some hope for those in need of a cheering up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The movie that has everything June 22 2004
Format:DVD
I'm writing this review because I would like "In Juli" to get the attention it deserves. I saw it in New York about 2 years ago. It literally was shown for 3 days and then completely disappeared. I know no one who saw it, or even heard of it,and that is a shame.
"In Juli" is a comedy, a mystery, a road story and it has fabulous scenery of eastern and southern Europe. But, best of all, it has the most romantic line, I've ever heard in a movie - we'll it's at the top of the list, along with all the best ones you've heard. I won't say what it is, you'll just have to buy the video.
The acting is splendid, my favorite one being Christianne Paul playing Juli, the lead female character. She is beautiful, smart and knowing and has a terrific smile. Moritz Bleibtreu plays Daniel, the male lead and it is wonderful watching him transform to someone who is basically not present in his life, to someone who can have adventures, fall down, get up and fall in love. The acting, overall, is excellent and as the story builds, you end of liking and routing for all the characters.
One of the many levels the movie is about is having to travel and have experiences that ultimately help you grow and change, and finally be able to see that the real love that you are looking for is right in front of you - you just need to be open to see it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fatih Akin's Funniest June 7 2004
Format:DVD
Fatih Akin is a marvel.
Since other reviewers have already provided you with a synopsis of the film, I prefer to compare "Im Juli (In July)" to other films by Akin that I have seen: "Kurz und Schmerzlos (Short and Painless)" and "Gegen die Wand (Against the Wall)".
Short and Painless was his first film, and it was him at his rawest. It seemed to be a young director's dream film which included a little bit of everything that he's interested in. I believe a lot in the film was autobiographical.
Against the Wall is a grown up Akin with a lot of pain and suffering. I remember twitching in my seat in a few scenes and as usual, I was baffled by the excellent character build up.
In July is funnier and more relaxed than the other two. I think it's a good intro to Akin's filmmaking, his extraordinary yet out-of-life characters and his great sense of humour and eye for detail & observation.
This film is highly recommended I can't wait till the DVD comes out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Trip of a Lifetime May 23 2004
Format:DVD
Moritz Bleibtreu (of 'Run Lola Run' fame) is Daniel, a young instructor in Germany. His boyish good looks are appealing enough to his female students but his dull class certainly is not, particularly when they are all in the grip of summer break fever. For his part the unimaginative Daniel intends to sit out the summer in his Hamburg apartment. To and from class he often comes by a peddler in the local marketplace, played by the handsome and charming Christiane Paul. Her goal is to spend the summer with Daniel but he easily misses the point. She twists a plot so that he can't avoid her intentions but happenstance spoils its execution and he sets off on a wild goose chase of a Turkish girl who has left for Istanbul and whom he mistakes for his soul-mate. A frustrated Christiane Paul then decides to flee Hamburg, going where the first car willing to stop for her hitch-hikers thumb takes her. That car is driven by none other than Daniel.
Along the trip, filled with narrow escapes, motor vehicle mishaps, and bribeable border guards ("No passport, No Romania"). Daniel greatly increses his guile, tenacity and daring, but can he see the forest for the trees? This film uses inventive techniques, a small host of marvelous characters, all of whom spend just the right amount of time on the screen, and never takes itself too seriously but doesn't cross the line into screw-ball comedy despite its frequent belly laughs. All the while it provides a nice travelog of south/central Europe, a locale rarely witnessed by American filmgoers.
This movie will remind any 30 year old of his greatest adventures, and provide any college freshman with a preview of the challenges and thrills a young life might undertake. This movie stays in the psyche a long time after the first viewing and is bound to make numerous personal top-ten lists after it gains a wider audience.
A perfect date movie for those unafraid of subtitles. Don't miss it.
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