Two men from Berlin, Enis (Julien Lickert) who is straight and Philipp (Sascha Weingarten) who is gay become workout buddies at their local gym, each spotting the other. They have an intense friendship which Enis’ girlfriend Katrina (Kristina Kostiv) finds fascinating but non-threatening. When Philipp wins a trip to Greece, he invites Enis and the two have a great time. During a hike in the forest, they become lost and their tempers escalate into a bit of violence. A mysterious young man, Herkules, comes upon them and leads them to a magical underground cave. There they are fueled by forbidden fruit that Herkules has warned them from eating and they each have a magical dream during which passion ignites between Enis and Philipp. From the next day on nothing between the two will be like it was before.
In “Orpheus Song”, writer-director Tor Iben brings us a sweet love story with a little classical mythology. Greece is a great place to explore erotic options and keep oneself open to the operations of fate, chance, and godly interventions. We have already seen Philipp awkwardly flirt with other men and he even chats with a woman at a bar to see just how enchanted Greece might be.
When the two get lost looking for an ancient village, they encounter a young man named Herkules (Heart Morales) who takes them to the cave where he lives and offers them alcohol and pomegranates, but warns them about eating the fruit. According to Herkules, one of the pomegranates was a gift from a water nymph and no one knows what will happen if it is eaten by a human.
The next day Philipp and Enis awaken in the cave and find themselves alone. Herkules has vanished – but he’s left them some supplies, including the mysterious pomegranate.
Weingarten and Lickert have great chemistry and Iben wisely allows their attraction to each other to smolder before bringing it to life. Will the almost mystical experience of love evaporate once the guys return to their regular lives or will they be transformed?
Kristina senses the attraction between Enis and Philip and assuring Enis that she’s fine with the two guys having a sexual adventure (especially if she were allowed to watch). This is a different kind of eroticism that we are used to seeing in LGBTQ cinema. It is a very sensual take on classic Greek mythology.
Tor Iben’s erotic film is a modern day variation on the Greek myth that will quickly have viewers falling under its sensual spell.