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

This very frank German film is a study of the life of gay elementary school teacher Frank Ripploh. The teacher's multitude of sexual adventures are thoroughly and explicitly detailed. Those willing to tough it out will be in for a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 2, 1981
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

Taxi zum Klo treats sex seriously without sacralizing it; throughout the film, Ripploh reveals a wry intelligence about the eternal dilemma of monogamy versus promiscuity.

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S. James Wegg

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 (UK)

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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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

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

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

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
London Evening Standard

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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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