Under the Nazis, the much-contested Paragraph 175 law of 1871 was invoked to justify the persecution and incarceration of homosexuals. Hans first comes to this prison from a concentration camp.
After the war, the regime changed, but the notorious law remained in force until 1969. Over the course of decades, a primal bond grows between the initially revolted cellmate Viktor and Hans.
It is a hard-hitting, often uncompromising piece of work, yet beneath its tough exterior lies a deeply unsentimental, disarmingly tender love story that is almost impossible to forget.