Lola and Bilidikid

Lola and Bilidikid


Reviewed by: Angus Wolfe Murray

On one level, this is a shy boy's coming out party. On another, it touches upon fascist undercurrents amongst German youth.

In Berlin's Turkish gay scene, Bili is a small-time pimp, who wants to marry transvestite Lola, if only he would agree to the operation. Lola's 17-year-old brother, Murat, is bullied at school for his effeminate nature, while his elder brother, Osman, pays a prostitute "to make him a man."

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Kutlug Ataman's deeply depressing tale of an immigrant subculture, where sex-of-a-sort is sold in public lavatories and racist teenagers go gay bashing with bottles, has melodramatic overtones, as well as sociological pretensions.

Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2001
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A young Turkish man in Berlin discovers his homosexuality.
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Director: Kutlug Ataman

Writer: Kutlug Ataman

Starring: Gandi Mukli, Erdal Yildiz, Baki Davrak, Inge Keller, Celal Perk, Mesut Ozdemir

Year: 1999

Runtime: 95 minutes

BBFC: 18 - Age Restricted

Country: Germany


EIFF 1999

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