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The Circle

HD   Unrated

Stefan Haupt

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About the Movie

Founded in the early 1940s, the network around the magazine 'Der Kreis' ('The Circle') was the only gay organization to survive the Nazi regime. It blossomed during the post-war years into an internationally renowned underground club. Legendary masked balls at the Theater am Neumarkt in Zurich provided 800 visitors from all over Europe with a secret and safe space to act out their 'otherness' in a self-determined way. It is there that timid teacher Ernst Ostertag falls in love with drag star Röbi Rapp. Ernst searches for a way to fight for his gayness to be accepted as normal outside the boundaries of ‘The Circle’ network without losing his employment as a teacher. Röbi champions the joint fruition of their love. Following a murder in the gay community, violent repression against gay people also endangers ‘The Circle’ network.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 19
  • Fresh: 19
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The movie has the measured, dutiful quality of docudrama (and some on-the-nose dialogue). But it's a chapter in history well worth bringing to light. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Nov 20, 2014

Fresh: A richly absorbing historical docudrama revolving around Ernst Ostertag and Robi Rapp, who in 2003 became the first same-sex couple to enjoy legal recognition in Switzerland. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Dec 18, 2014

Fresh: This is a fascinating and often tumultuous story ... – Abby Garnett, Village Voice, Nov 18, 2014

Fresh: It's earnest but rather sweet. – Wendy Ide, Times (UK), Dec 12, 2014

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Customer Reviews


What an Amazing Story this is.. Wonderful.. A perfect date night movie to show anyone The Power of love.. Very well worth a watch.. I loved it.. Perfect 10.. or 5 Stars..


I was very impressed by the cast and the history. Definitely a must see for everyone. Especially the younger crowd.


Great movie with history that needs to be passed on. I am glad I seen it and learned. What song does Röbbi Rapp sing to Ernst right before the get raided and at the end?

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