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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

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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Trivia

Christian Ulmen had to go to nine casting sessions before landing the role of Lehmann. 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 »

Crazy Credits

A lot of "Beck's" Beer is being drunk through-out the movie. The beginning of the end credits reads: "Von Beck's gab's nichts. Scheiß der Hund drauf!" (rough translation: "Beck's didn't contribute anything. We give a dog shit!") See more »

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Soul Happy Hour
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Stream of consciousness....or puddle?
17 November 2009 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Character driven...the strength of this film is its lack of narrative drive...

...and the weakness of this film is its lack of narrative drive...

I'm all for films that break away from the conventions...but this one is...

The greasy haired Herr Lehmann does not engage me. Nor do his cronies. The film is like a stream of consciousness with no resolution. The 10p ending of the fall of the wall is? Like, Na...und? What does it have to do with anything??? Didn't enjoy it. Kinda interesting and kinda boring.

I love Berlin. I love Kreuzberg. It was nice to spend an hour or two in that lokal...but it would have been better spent with interesting people. A nerd and his nerdy friends didn't do it for me. I'd rather have followed Soda Pop (Fanta) Rainer's story.


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