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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 ...
Karl
Katja Danowski ...
Katrin
Janek Rieke ...
Kristall-Rainer
Annika Kuhl ...
Heidi
Hartmut Lange ...
Erwin
Martin Olbertz ...
Marco
Uwe Dag Berlin ...
Jürgen (as Uwe-Dag Berlin)
Michael Beck ...
Klaus
Michael Gwisdek ...
Der Trinker
Stephan Baumecker ...
Kiffer
Tim Fischer ...
Karsten Speck ...
Die Lederuschi
Margit Bendokat ...
Johann Adam Oest ...
Vater Lehmann (as Adam Oest)
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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 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 {armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de}

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

Goofs

When Herr Lehmann meets the three guys at the swimming pool and comes to their table, he carries three beers in his left and a cup of coffee in his right hand. After the next cut the three beers are in his right and the cup of coffee in his left hand. See more »

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

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Bella ciao
Traditional, arranged by Anita Lane and Mick Harvey
Performed by Anita Lane
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one of the best German movies of 2003
16 November 2004 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

I definitely recommend this one to people interested in German movies.

It is a very simple story of a waiter working in a 'beer pub', but nicely told and filled with warmth which the actors carry. Hard to imagine that Christian Ulmen used to be a MTV moderator before starting acting, and Detlev Buck is so great in this one!

Want to see a 'different' movie on West/East-Germany? Then, go try it! While you might not get anything of the power of 'La Vita E Bella' or 'Amores Perros', it is a nice little comedy and gives good insights on how people in the catering branche did work before the 'Mauerfall' (wall fell)..


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