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?
The story was inspired by star Bruno S.
's own life, though mainly the Berlin portion of the film. See more
When Bruno and the gang buy the car, a camera reflection is visible on the window of the green pickup driving by. The driver of that vehicle looks at the camera. See more
We need... the money.
References Even Dwarfs Started Small
The Last Thing on My Mind
Written and Performed by Tom Paxton See more