You Are Not Alone (film)

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You Are Not Alone (Movie Poster)
Year Released: 1978
MPAA Rating (USA): NR
Director: Ernst Johansen
Lasse Nielsen
Starring: Anders Agensø
Peter Bjerg


You Are Not Alone (original title: Du er ikke alene) is a 1978 Danish coming-of-age film written by Lasse Nielsen and Bent Petersen, directed by Lasse Nielsen and Ernst Johansen and produced by Steen Herdel[1] about twelve-year-old Kim and fifteen-year-old Bo, who fall in love with each other and have to come to terms with their homosexual feelings. The movie also has several subplots about the other students of the boarding school in which they live, and a major conflict between the students and the headmaster of the school. This movie is unusually open-minded about the issue of homosexuality in young boys, and at the same time handles a delicate issue in a very sensitive and non-exploitative way.

Plot

Set in a Danish all-boys boarding school, one of the boys, Bo (Anders Agensø), develops a friendship and later a loving relationship with the headmaster's son Kim (Peter Bjerg).

In the beginning of the film during the summer holiday, Bo is beginning to discover his attraction for other boys. Upon his return to school, the headmaster is trying to get funding for a new gym for the school. The boarding school is likely a Christian one, as they have school prayer and the teachers keep referring to good Christian morals.

In another plotline, a troubled student is expelled for displaying sexually charged posters. Some of the students decide to protest this by walking-out of classes. The boy is eventually allowed to return to school so that he may graduate. At the year-end graduation ceremony, the boys present to the entire school and their families a short film they made by themselves based on the commandment "Love thy neighbor".[1]

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