Taxi zum Klo (Taxi to the Toilet)
Taxi zum Klo (Taxi to the Toilet) (1981)

In this autobiographical feature, Frank Ripploh plays himself: a German elementary-school instructor who lives a double life in his beloved Berlin, socializing with his fellow teachers only when he has to, and venturing into a world of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ben Walters
Time Out

[A] strong current of humour belies a serious engagement with the general, perhaps intractable problem of whether our impulses toward intimacy and unaccountability can ever be reconciled.

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Philip French
Guardian

A milestone in the history of both free speech and the representation of gays in the cinema.

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David McGillivray
Radio Times

Now, post-Aids, the film is a museum piece, but nonetheless enjoyable. Sadly, after making an unsuccessful sequel, Ripploh faded from view.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Ripploh's filmmaking is rough-hewn, exultantly candid, and unafraid of bodies and orifices, in other words just right for his intimate and tart pre-AIDS document

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

Three decades ago, this was seen as a challenging "issue" movie. Now it looks more like a daring, acid black comedy filmed on the hoof.

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

This isn't a moral tale: it's rather a frank and open appraisal of the German gay scene of the time, sometimes roughly made yet invested with humour and irony.

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S. James Wegg
JWR

First released three decades ago, this self-produced portrait of Frank Ripploh's excursions into Berlin's gay world is curiously sexless seen in 2011.

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

A loving document of pre-Aids Berlin, and a touching comedy about the human desire for and struggle to achieve intimacy.

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Tom Dawson
Total Film

A refreshingly non-judgemental and amusing portrait of homosexuality in the pre-AIDS era, Taxi Zum Klo matter-of-factly addresses the mundane and the perverse.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Sylvester Kuo
A ground breaking film to challenge the taboo of the German culture. Made with a shoestring budget, Taxi Zum Klo is a marvelous film looking at the struggles… More