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Raspberry Reich, The

Raspberry Reich, The
Scene from "The Raspberry Reich"

Set in Berlin, The Raspberry Reich centers on a group of terrorists who are working on nothing less than a gay revolution. Calling themselves the proponents of “radical chic”, they cite Germany’s Red Army Faction as their role models. Their armed struggle commences with a spectacular kidnapping. Their victim is Patrick, whose father is one of Germany’s richest bankers. However, not everything goes according to plan; in fact, as a result of the general mayhem, kidnapper Clyde winds up with the hostage Patrick in the trunk of the stolen getaway car...

Unbeknown to Clyde’s comrades, it seems that this happenstance was anything but a coincidence. Having become lovers whilst Clyde had Patrick under surveillance, the two quickly decided to run off together after the heist. Something else the kidnappers don’t know is that their hostage is worthless as far as they are concerned: angered at his son’s homosexuality, Clyde’s father has decided he wants nothing to do with his ‘failed’ offspring. Meanwhile, Gudrun, the activists’ leader and an impassioned follower of Wilhelm Reich, never tires of preaching her theses. Monogamy, she pronounces, is a bourgeois construct, and heterosexuality the “opiate of the masses”. For this reason, she forces her male comrades-in-arms to have sex with each other. This, she believes, is the only way they can put their revolutionary zeal to the test. Even her own boyfriend, Holger, is obliged to join in – much to his chagrin.

Gudrun is hoping to distribute the expected ransom money among the impoverished proletariat and so win them over to her cause. But Patrick and Clyde have other plans. Following their successful escape the two lovers embark upon a series of bank raids...

Bruce LaBruce is a writer, filmmaker, and photographer based in Toronto. In 1991, he released his first feature film, NO SKIN OFF MY ASS – an exploration of the sordid relationship between a hairdresser and a mute, handsome young skinhead. His follow-up feature SUPER 8 1/2 is a cautionary biopic about LaBruce’s rocky rise to cult stardom. HUSTLER WHITE, made in collaboration with photographer Rick Castro, was released in 1996 and premiered at Sundance. In 1998, LaBruce shot his first porn movie in London, SKIN FLICK, following a gang of neo-Nazi which breaks into the home of a bourgeois gay couple. In 2004, he made another film about Germans adopting the culture and politics of the left wing movements of the 1970s, THE RASPBERRY REICH, followed by OTTO, OR UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE and L.A. ZOMBIE, among others.
Genre Art, LGBT, Society
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Bruce LaBruce
Screenplay Bruce LaBruce
Cinematography James Carman
Joern Hartmann
Stefan Dickfeld
Cast Susanne Sachsse, Daniel Baetscher, Andreas Rupprecht, Dean Stathis, Anton Z. Risan, Daniel Fettig, Gerrit, Jeoffrey, Ulrike S., Sherry Vine, Stephan Dilschneider, Puenktchen, Sven Reinhard, Genesis P. Orridge
Producers Juergen Bruening, Juergen Bruening Film/Berlin
Length 90 min
Format color
Original Version
Festivals Sundance 2004, Berlin 2004, Toronto 2004 (Midnight Madness), Ghent 2004, Rio 2004, Melbourne Underground 2004, Mar del Plata 2005
Awards Best Film Melbourne 2004
German Distributor GMfilms/Berlin

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