Sasha is a piano prodigy under pressure to gain admittance to a prestigious music school. What is really stressing Sasha is his emerging sexuality, plus his piano tutor is moving away, because Sasha is in love with him, and no one knows.
This film portrays a boy becoming a man and breaching out of the closet, whilst being torn between two (or more?) cultures.
In a way Sasha is very stereotypical: The more sensitive, more educated, more artistic gay guy in a rough, ignorant, stupid and very heterosexual environment. I guess the story has been told thousands of times. Yet this is a very nice version of it. The director catches very nicely a sense of lightness; even though this film hasn’t a typical happy end. It’s also quite nice to see a film about a group of immigrants that haven’t been in many films yet.
The actor portraying Sacha sometimes overacts a bit in my opinion, but he does manage to get you involved in his character. I was particularly struck by the acting of the mother, that seemed quite intense to me. The piano teacher is brilliantly cast as a self confident gay guy to fall in love with.
There is artistic use of colour and lightning that paints the atmosphere in the cold German city. It’s nice but maybe a bit too much.
There’s no explicit nudity and sex, and quite little violence in this film. I think that there’s also no need for that to tell the story. In this way the film is suitable for all audiences, which is I think what it should be.
Director: Dennis Todorovic
Writer: Dennis Todorovic (screenplay)
Stars: Sasa Kekez, Predrag Bjelac, Ljubisa Gruicic
Language: German | Serbo-Croatian | Bosnian | English
Release Date: 24 March 2011 (Germany)
Also Known As: Sasha
Filming Locations: North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Format : AVI
Format/Info : Audio Video Interleave
File size : 1.46 GiB
Duration : 1 h 41 min
Overall bit rate : 2 067 kb/s