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REELING: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

Like You Mean It

Directed by Philipp Karner

USA / 2015 / 90 mins / English


As he is turning 35, Austrian actor Mark Miller (Philipp Karner) finds himself experiencing an early midlife crisis. Having chased stardom in Los Angeles for over a decade, he’s going nowhere fast and begrudgingly keeps himself afloat doing voiceovers for Nazi videogames. He has been in a committed relationship with Jonah (Denver Milord), a happy-go-lucky singer who has been madly in love with Mark for three years. But now, the relationship has begun to falter. When Mark seeks couples therapy and medication in an effort to save the relationship, he is forced to look at himself with unprecedented courage and honesty. Strong performances are a hallmark of this contemplative romantic drama, which is a strong feature debut for filmmaker/actor Karner.