“BLURRED LINES”— Opening a World


Opening a World

Amos Lassen

 Janik (Emil von Schönfels) and Samu (Mekyas Mulugeta) are best friends and have been for years. After passing their exams, the two want to go to Istanbul. Janik’s parents (Nicole Marishka and Godehard Giese) do not mind and Samu’s Mother Irene (Katharina Behrens) doesn’t really take care of their son. In fact, Samu has to take care of her. Shortly before their plans to go to Istanbul, something happens to their friendship.

It remains unclear if the two men’s relationship is homoerotic. When their friendship suffers a break, things begin to change. The movie focuses on spontaneous men’s dances on the street and dangerous side of spontaneous friendliness. Director İlker Çatak looks at migration, identity and family structures in history during a summer adventure.

Even though Janik and Samu share a tight bond, they come from different worlds. Janik’s parents are responsible and somewhat uptight. Samu comes from a broken home. The two teens seem to want what the other has. While Samuel looks for order and discipline, Janik seeks out chaos in his day-to-day life. When an incident puts their relationship in jeopardy, they decide to leave Germany and set off on a long-planned trip to Istanbul. While there, they enjoy their freedom, try out a new life and figure out the true depths of their friendship. This is a modern take on the bonds that develop between young men and a look at a profound male friendship.

We see the special incredibly narrow friendship between Janik and Samuel, in which there are always erotic moments. Social origin does not play an essential role, although  both boys have to deal with their parents and their roots.