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 scenes of Stroszek's apartment were shot in Bruno S.
's apartment. The piano, which Bruno really does call his "black friend", was bought with his salary from The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
(1974), and the concern over its future is real. 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.
Featured in Die Nacht der Regisseure
Performed by Ada Jones, Billy Murray. See more