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?
Herzog shot parts of this film in nearby Plainfield, Wisconsin. He heard that Plainfield was the home of Ed Gein
(the infamous cannibal/murderer who was the inspiration for the book and movie "Psycho") and decided he just had to shoot the film there. 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.
References Spend It All
Moonlight Sonata No. 2 in C sharp, Op. 27
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven See more