Berlin Blues (2003)
"Herr Lehmann" (original title)

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In October 1989, the part of the West Berlin borough of Kreuzberg called SO 36, had been largely shut off by the Wall from the rest of the city for 28 years. A lethargic sub-culture of ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Ulmen ...
Detlev Buck ...
Katja Danowski ...
Janek Rieke ...
Annika Kuhl ...
Hartmut Lange ...
Martin Olbertz ...
Uwe Dag Berlin ...
Jürgen (as Uwe-Dag Berlin)
Michael Beck ...
Michael Gwisdek ...
Der Trinker
Stephan Baumecker ...
Tim Fischer ...
Karsten Speck ...
Die Lederuschi
Margit Bendokat ...
Johann Adam Oest ...
Vater Lehmann (as Adam Oest)


In October 1989, the part of the West Berlin borough of Kreuzberg called SO 36, had been largely shut off by the Wall from the rest of the city for 28 years. A lethargic sub-culture of students, artists, bohemians and barflys had flourished among crumbling buildings. Part of that microcosm is barkeeper Frank, semi-formally called 'Herr Lehmann' by friends and patrons. He hangs out drinking, sports utter disregard for anything beyond SO 36 and lazily pursues an affair with cook Katrin. His lifestyle is gradually disturbed, when his parents show up for a visit, things go awry with Katrin and his best friend Karl starts to act strange. Meanwhile, political turmoil mounts on the other side of the Wall. Written by Armin Ortmann {}

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2 October 2003 (Germany)  »

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Berlin Blues  »

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€6,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Andre Schneider was considered for the role that finally went to Tim Fischer. See more »


When Herr Lehmann and Karl are at the doctor's Karl is wearing something like suspenders under his shirt. In one shot they're shifted, in another back in place and again shifted in another shot. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening titles are projected on the bodies of guests to the pub where Lehmann works. See more »


References Sun Alley (1999) See more »


Collapsing New People (WestBam remix)
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One of the best German movies ever
6 March 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Of course you can't really compare Herr Lehmann to dramatic history reenactments like Der Untergang.

But Herr Lehman is so full of comedy, but also full of authenticism and a plot not devoid of drama. It's dialogues are outstanding, but then the book the film is based on was exceptional to begin with. And the best thing is, if you like the movie, you will like the books. Sven Regener managed to show his talent in storytelling and humour in both art forms, book and movie. The connections he makes, the way he connects what actually happens to Frank Lehmann's thoughts is the best use of basic rhetoric means I ever saw. He doesn't use the "rhetoric artillery" so to speak, but achieves literary greatness nevertheless.

The acting is on par with the quality of the script though. Even if I didn't expect Christian Ulmen to do any good acting ever, he produced the perfect rendition of the lazy, slightly hedonistic, disoriented Herr Lehmann. Detlev Buck is outstanding as well, as is nearly everybody in the supporting cast.

10/10 for humour, artistic style, acting, all that while staying serious.

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