Toilers and the Wayfarers 1995
1h 16min | Drama | 14 March 1997 (USA)
Phillip and Dieter nearly suffocate hiding their sexual identity in the face of puritanical small town values. Joined by a mysterious German relative, the three misfits escape to the big city searching for a place to belong.
This film is about 3 young men of German descent growing up in the mid West of America.
The striking feature about this film is that it is in black and white. It gives the film more of a “lonely” and “despair” feeling. The prominent use of the German language reminds viewers their heritage, which is a fact that is highlighted many times in the film. It must have been very difficult for these youngsters to live in a village, as they are minority in both their heritage and their sexual orientation. It is also interesting to see the transition of Dieter from a homophobic figure (in denial of himself) to a rentboy for gay men. How his morality spirals down is thought provoking. It is worth a watch if you have nothing to do, but don’t expect it to be too entertaining.
Director: Keith Froelich
Writer: Keith Froelich
Stars: Matt Klemp, Ralf Schirg, Andrew Woodhouse