Bruno Stroszek is released from prison and warned to stop drinking. He has few skills and fewer expectations: with a glockenspiel and an accordion, he ekes out a living as a street musician. He befriends Eva, a prostitute down on her luck. After they are harried and beaten by the thugs who have been Eva's pimps, they join Bruno's neighbor, Scheitz, an elderly eccentric, when he leaves Germany to live in Wisconsin. In that winter bound, barren prairie, Bruno works as a mechanic, Eva as a waitress. They buy a trailer. Then, bills mount, the bank threatens to repossess the trailer, Eva wants privacy, and inexorably, the promise of a new life deserts Bruno. Written by
Did You Know?
Stroszek is also the name of the leading character in Herzog's Signs of Life
. Herzog got the name Stroszek from one of his former classmates who once helped him cheat on a test and used his name as a tribute to him. See more
The position of Bruno's hand when talking with Shertz about where Eva is changes twice during that sequence. See more
Well, taking a boat to New York and Florida... Isn't there a park there? What's it called? Where the bears run around free?
Der Bruno Stroszek
That's the Grizzlies.
References Spend It All
"On the Way Down to Phoenix"
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