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). See more
Bruno's coffee cup on the piano disappears. See more
We need... the money.
The Last Thing on My Mind
Written and Performed by Tom Paxton See more