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?
Reportedly, this is the last movie musician Ian Curtis
of the English band Joy Division
watched before committing suicide. On the inner groove of side 1 of their posthumous live album "Still", appear the words "the chicken won't stop". Sides 2 & 3 have chicken footprints and side 4, the words, "the chicken stops here". See more
The position of Bruno's hand when talking with Shertz about where Eva is changes twice during that sequence. See more
We need... the money.
Referenced in Littlerock
Old Lost John
Written and Performed by Sonny Terry See more