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
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The story about the sheets really happened to Bruno; like much of the film, it was shot in a single take (though a section had to be edited out when Bruno passed gas loudly). See more
Shadow on the car and Eva as she drives immediately after buying it. See more
No-one kicks you here Bruno.
Der Bruno Stroszek
Not physically, here they do it spiritually.
Referenced in Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
Moonlight Sonata No. 2 in C sharp, Op. 27
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven See more