Anyone following the career of Daniel Brühl will want to see this film, especially anyone who felt, rightly, cheated by Brühl's walk-on in "The Bourne Ultimatum." "Love in Thoughts" takes a rather moralistic view of a handful of young people in the years between World Wars I and II. Like young people in movies tend to do, these fall in love too hard and learn to regret it. Paul loves Hilde and Günther loves Hans, but Hilde and Hans love themselves. A fifth character, or wheel, is Elli, who just wants to be loved, period. Paul and Günther, however, who have nothing in common but who have inexplicably been friends since childhood, make a pact to commit suicide once they have known one happy moment in their short lives. Well, it's the sort of thing kids do. The problem is that there is only so much happpiness to go around, and Günther, to say the least, misses out on all of it. Or perhaps he was happy romping through the woods with his Platonic boyhood friend? The movie doesn't really do much with motivation. When Paul closes the door in one crucial scene, what really happens is between him and his conscience, no matter what the courts later say. "Love in Thoughts" is based on a true incident, and the viewer is left with one of those "where are they now?" postscripts that doesn't really add much to our understanding of the film. What I did like, in addition to seeing Daniel Brühl get a relatively meaty role, were the music and the cinematography. The former was a witty addition to an otherwise far too sober screenplay, while the latter put me in mind of a similar trip down memory lane in "Atonement." Don't dig for any deeper meaning: we do not learn why Germany's youth embraced Nazism in the '30s, for instance (Really, we DON'T). But do look for a credible time-passer, especially on DVD, where, in the comfort of your living room, the film's leisurely pace should not lead to ennui (the perils of which are on constant parade in the film itself) and you will be free to enjoy the acting skills of a fine troop of young German actors, all of whom acquit themselves quite handsomely.