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?
It is claimed that the late post-punk vocalist Ian Curtis
(of Joy Division) watched this film just before his suicide. It can be seen before Curtis' suicide scenes in the movies 24 Hour Party People
(2002) and Control
(2007). 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.
Featured in Control
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven See more