16-year-old Axel falls out with his step-father and becomes involved in a neo-nazi gang. To join the gang he has to prove himself by killing a social worker. He runs away and takes refuge in a dry-cleaning shop run by 80-year-old Gustav Tritzinsky (Helmut Berger). Axel reminds Gustav of the lover he had during the war, his first love whom he betrayed to the Gestapo, so to atone for that betrayal he takes Axel in.
When the neo-Nazi gang is targeted by the police in connection with the murder, the gang decides to kill Gustav too, suspecting that Axel has confessed his crime to him. Now Axel has to choose between his homophobic street friends and the friendship and obsession of a homosexual old man.
Awards and Festivals
- Berlinale, Panorama, 2010