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Tomcat – a film that explores how relationships can be tested

Image courtesy of Matchbox Films – Tomcat

Written and directed by Klaus Händl, Tomcat is set in Vienna and gives us the story of the relationship between Andreas (Philipp Hochmair) and Stefan (Lukas Turtur).

Andreas and Philipp are in their early 40s, established, and successful. A key part of their domestic life is their pet cat Moses.

Their life seems almost Edenic – and this is captured beautifully in a languid style, with clever choices of music. The sex scenes are also handled well – these are authentic men, in love, enjoying their lives, and enjoying each other.

Spoiler alert – the tone of the film changes dramatically when their beloved cat Moses is killed unexpectedly.

The relationship falls apart and there is some quite heavy-handed symbolism, eye-for-an-eye style.

While not without its issues, this is an interesting film from Händl and, in parts, a mature exploration of relationships between men.

Tomcat is distributed by Matchbox Films.


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