Sunday, April 16th, 2023

Queerguru’s Jose Mayorga reviews WE WILL NEVER DIE : a disappointing queer cat & mouse drama




A series of 5 episodes of approx 20 min each directed by Tor Iben

We Will Never Die begins quoting Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa: We live on desire, what we see is not what we see, it is what we are.  Set in Rhodes, Greece, and Germany the plot, an international gay thriller stays at its premises,  but unfortunately, doesn’t deliver as it could.

Episode 1  “Love Kills”. Introduces us to Philipp (Sascha Weingarten), a handsome and sexy German, with a tattoo on his chest, linked to the mob, and chase by it along the following episodes.  On the island, Philipp caught the eye of a young and sculptural Italian man that swims across the Egean Sea searching for him to witness a shady transaction (drugs) between Philipp and his acquaintances,  this will have consequences and provides the so-called action to the story.


Episode 2 “Saarbrucken”. Back in Germany, Philipp meets Deniz (Talha Akdeniz) there is an attraction among them in sequences that bring to mind the aesthetics of porn movies without the X rating, we watch how they relate with each other. 

Episode 3 “Plaisir D´Amour”. There are voice messages and a wild boar sausage!  We are introduced to a mercenary that kills animals, he likes Philipp and protects him.  Mob members continue searching for Philipp in what could be called a chase. 

Episode 4 “A Time to Love”.  The episode begins in a Catholic church, Phillipp remembers, better say dreams, and Deniz is part of his fantasy.  Deniz comes alive, his character gives some balance and interest to the story, and there are some idyllic sequences that finally provide intimacy to the protagonists.  Philipp is determined to free Deniz from the gangsters and works into it. 

Episode 5. The conclusion.

Music was composed for the series, it mixes with audio segments that remind one of Hallmark films, and by the end, there is even a special adaptation of Tchaikovsky´s Swan Lake.  

Mob members, all dressed in black, are like caricatures of themselves.  This Cat and Mouse game is unsatisfactory. 


Review by José Mayorga , Guatemala, Central America lawyer and notary public, visual artist, and editor of El Azar Cultural, lives and works in Guatemala City. Cinema lover, curious about the possibilities life brings and eager to live the experience.

Posted by queerguru  at  19:31

Genres:  drama, international

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