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). The musician Elliott Smith
(1969-2003) described himself as a fan of Bruno S.
(1977), too. Just like Ian Curtis, he committed suicide later. See more
Shadow on the car and Eva as she drives immediately after buying it. 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.
Referenced in Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
On the Way Down to Phoenix
Written and Performed by Chet Atkins See more