In fact the placing of the aged Ernst and Robi leave a taste of authentic purity that is missing from similar narratives. The Circle doesn’t just rely on the focused deconstruction of its protagonists, but by portraying the milieu of a time and place is sharply brought to the present by the varied surrounding characters that support and hinder them. This powerful ensemble after its Berlinale premiere won both the Teddy and the Panorama Audience Award which has given it a life outside the German speaking world. That it hasn’t caught the attention in the end game of Anglo-Saxon award season is disappointing but the fact that it’s arrived at all is a fact to be savoured and encountered. LGBT cinema is routinely placed in a ghetto that is underserved and unwarranted. We should be looking at these clarion calls as cinematic pleasures that fit within and without many genres. The Circle is an undiscovered gem that constantly delights with its unshowy transference of an inherited blood debt that we finally are 'beginning' to honour.
D W Mault | @D_W_Mault