Initiation (2009)
"Blutsfreundschaft" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 96 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 12 critic

16-year old Axel and his clique are rioting in a residential home. There he meets the 80-year old Gustav who gains interest in the young boy, as he reminds him of his lost love.



(screenplay), (story)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
1 nomination. See more awards »


1 video »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young man discovers his homosexuality and begins a relationship with a manipulative huster/petty criminal that he meets at a train station.

Director: Patrice Chéreau
Stars: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Roland Bertin
Sitcom (1998)
Drama | Thriller | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The adventures of an upper-class suburban family abruptly confronted with the younger brother's discovery of his homosexuality, the elder sister's suicide attempt and sado-masochist ... See full summary »

Director: François Ozon
Stars: Évelyne Dandry, François Marthouret, Marina de Van
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

17-year old Murat from Turkey, living in Berlin, Germany, slowly discovers his homosexuality. His older brother Osman, head of the family since the father's death, wants him to finally lose... See full summary »

Director: Kutlug Ataman
Stars: Gandi Mukli, Baki Davrak, Erdal Yildiz
Hush! (2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Basics: 2 guys who are gay, one female who is lonely for someone to love. The woman approaches 1 of the guys and wants him to seed her would be child... See full synopsis »

Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi
Stars: Reiko Kataoka, Kazuya Takahashi, Seiichi Tanabe
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A salesman chasing by car a beautiful female biker in order to flirt finds a castle where he is accused in a game trial for murder.

Director: Ettore Scola
Stars: Alberto Sordi, Michel Simon, Charles Vanel
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Three high school students experience the perks and pitfalls of love in director Leste Chen's sensitive tale of friendship and yearning. As a child living in a seaside town in southern ... See full synopsis »

Director: Leste Chen
Stars: Bryant Chang, Hsiao-chuan Chang, Kate Yeung
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two men--a gay, HIV-positive artist and an adopted garbage collector--struggle in the face of stigma and loss to find meaning in work, love, and family.

Director: Eric Mueller
Stars: Jennifer Jordan Campbell, Kathleen Fuller, Gregory Gifford Giles
Taxi zum Klo (1980)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Frank Ripploh is a bit of a rascal: he's a bearded and shaggy-haired teacher, and he's gay with a very active sex life and an interest in making films. He keeps his personal life and ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Ripploh
Stars: Frank Ripploh, Bernd Broaderup, Orpha Termin
Brotherly (2008)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Based on a true story of two brothers in 1970's Ohio. It tells of their abandonment by their alcoholic parents and how the brothers turned to each other for support.

Director: J.C. Oliva
Stars: Kevin Fabian, Malcolm McRae, Mathis Fender
Cold Light (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

What could be better than knowing your future? And what could be worse? A love-filled childhood abruptly ends when catastrophe descends. One that the child had foreseen yet failed to act upon.

Director: Hilmar Oddsson
Stars: Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir, Ruth Olafsdottir
The Conscript (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1833, when the fledgling Belgian kingdom still fears a Dutch invasion, recruits were selected annually from an age cohort by a draw of lots in each locality. In this grim, then ... See full summary »

Director: Roland Verhavert
Stars: Jan Decleir, Ansje Beentjes, Gaston Vandermeulen
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

What happens when an openly gay man decides to run for mayor in a super conservative town in North Eastern Italy, using his homosexuality as his secret weapon? What would happen if during ... See full summary »

Director: Umberto Riccioni Carteni
Stars: Luca Argentero, Claudia Gerini, Filippo Nigro


Cast overview, first billed only:
Gustav Tritzinsky
Harry Lampl ...
Melanie Kretschmann ...
Jacob Ostermann a.k.a Christina Thürmer
Michael Steinocher ...
Manuel Rubey ...
Matthias Franz Stein ...
Wolfi (as Mathias Franz Stein) (as Mathias Stein)
Oliver Rosskopf ...
Sophie Schlichting ...
Heribert Sasse ...
Gregor Seberg ...
Dr. Kraake
Jazz Gitti ...
Die Päpstin
Manfred Schmid ...
Passport Inspector
Stefan Bachmann ...
Thomas Lorenz
Christopher Schärf ...


16-year old Axel and his clique are rioting in a residential home. There he meets the 80-year old Gustav who gains interest in the young boy, as he reminds him of his lost love.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Official Sites:




Release Date:

5 November 2009 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Initiation  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


€1,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Rein Raus
Music by Boris Fiala and Andreas Hamza
Lyrics by Peter Kern
Performed by Lukas Perman (as Ludwig Perman)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A dark, thorny flower bouquet with fancy, bright sprinkles
21 January 2010 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

This film deals with the shadows and guilt of the past which overshadow individual memories and society as a whole. It is also about homosexuality, transsexualism, diversity, self determined life versus conformism and neo-fascism, friendship versus group pressure, admitting ones injuries or neglecting them and hurting weaker persons, about growing up and getting old. What touched me are the interactions of the characters in the film and the good acting of all the cast, outstanding the two leading characters.

Helmut Berger as Gustav Tritzinsky is the old wise man who doesn't talk much, but his words way heavy. He has a touch of grandfatherness. Harry Lampl plays a fresh, heartwarming Axel who struggles with his emotional injuries and finds a shelter in Gustav. It's more a film about friendship and reminds me of Harold & Maud. It is also a bit brutal and shocking sometimes. A film to get a glimpse of Vienna apart from touristic 1st districts glamor and to feel Austria's most times neglected shadows of the past.

You see a piece of Viennese culture, if you know Vienna you could easily believe you have seen this street or bar, and indeed maybe you have. The scenery and costumes are very authentic, I like also the camera work, but don't expect top of the art cinematography, maybe due to low budget. I saw the film in German and there is some dialect.

Sometimes the story is a bit over the top for my taste, but never falls into the absurd. It is like a huge flower bouquet with dark, dusty, thorny flowers and some fancy, bright ones in between. The hilarious elements are balanced with the tragic ones, if there weren't parts to laugh maybe this film would be too hard to bear. One has the feeling some of the scenes could (have) really happen(ed).

I brought two friends to this film, one expected an easy fun movie, but we all liked this exceptional, interesting film.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Initiation (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: