Center of My World

2016

Drama

21
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 83%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 2322

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Reviewed by Red-125 9 / 10

A coming of age movie that works

The German film Die Mitte der Welt was shown in the U.S. with the translated title Center of My World (2016). It was written and directed by Jakob M. Erwa.

This movie can be interpreted in many ways. It's a coming of age movie, a gay love story, and a melodrama with many twists and turns.

Louis Hofmann plays Phil, a gay young man, who is looking for a boyfriend-lover-partner. Jannik Schümann plays Nicholas, who is handsome and athletic, and becomes Phil's boyfriend and lover, if not partner. Both Hofman and Schümann are fine young actors, and they do admirable work in this film. Also involved in the plot is Phil's twin sister, who may or may not have some special powers.

For me, however, the acting honors go to Sabine Timoteo as Glass, Phil's mother. She brings men into the family, and then sends them away, with devastating results to her children. Timoteo brings acting skills that allow her to inhabit this role. You can't take your eyes off her as she lives--and messes up--her life and the lives of others. She always tells just enough of the story to make you aware that she knows more than she tells.

The film will work well on the small screen.

Reviewed by Tye-J 10 / 10

Wonderful film, one of the best of 2016

To start with, I completely disagree with a previous 2/10 review.

"Center of my world" / "Die Mitte der Welt" was and is one of my most beloved novels I first read end of the 90ies shortly before it has been released. It's a wonderful book I always return to. I didn't know how it could be brought to screen - until now.

When I first saw the trailer I was already roped back into the world of Steinhöfels book. I needed to see this film and I did on the first weekend. While they removed several parallel and back stories of the book to create a better narration for the screen, they managed to keep the dreamy atmosphere of the book for the whole 2 hours. The main cast is more than perfect, from Louis Hofmann as Phil to Sabine Timeteo as his mother, to Jannik Schürmann as Nicholas. I fell in love with each of them. The setting in the small town and the enchanted home of the "different" family was a perfect match to the tone and style of the story. It was wonderful to live, laugh and cry with the characters throughout, a very emotional, dreamy, wonderful journey, accompanied with a beautiful soundtrack. The love story between the two main characters blew me away, so real, intimate and wonderful to watch.

I didn't see any other film this year that I embraced so much like "Die Mitte der Welt". Maybe I will see it a second time in the cinema but the Blu-ray will be on my shelves on day one. Go and watch it, it won't get better this year.

Reviewed by euroGary 7 / 10

Two mis-matched plot lines - but nonetheless pleasing

This film focuses on Phil, a teenager who returns to his (Austrian? German?) hometown after spending time away at a summer camp and is dismayed to find that in his absence something has happened to cause his twin sister Dianne and tediously non-conformist mother Glass to stop speaking to each other. But distracting him from that mystery is Nicholas, the sporty, handsome new classmate who quickly invites Phil to join him in the changing room showers...

This feels like two separate films. On the one hand we have the dark, threatening tone of the segments involving the mystery of Glass and Dianne's falling out; on the other the (at first) light-hearted romance (whose most amusing moment comes when Phil's two jolly, middle-aged lesbian friends congratulate him for having sex rather than, eg, counselling against carnal activity in public showers). As a result of this contradiction in tone the viewer at times wonders what kind of film he's watching. But there is no denying that within themselves the plots are well-handled: clues about the Glass/Dianne troubles are there for the taking (although this viewer missed the major one!); while the scenes between Phil and Nicholas are at times amusing and at other times pleasingly erotic.

As for the acting, lead Louis Hofmann makes Phil effeminate without being politically incorrect, and Jannik Schümann does what he can with the thankless role of seductive, muscular eye candy, treating Phil with thoughtless indifference (when not locking lips). Meanwhile, in the major 'adult' role, Sabine Timoteo makes the somewhat irresponsible and self-indulgent Glass a lot more likable than I should have found her!

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