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Schultze Gets the Blues (2003)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  22 April 2004 (Germany)
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Schultze is an accordion player and newly without work. When the local music club celebrates its 50th anniversary, his taste of music changes unexpectedly.

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Schultze
Harald Warmbrunn ...
Jürgen
Karl-Fred Müller ...
Manfred
Ursula Schucht ...
Jürgen's Wife
Hannelore Schubert ...
Manfred's Wife
Erwin Meinicke ...
Skatspieler
Hans Hohmann ...
Skatspieler
Siegfried Zimmermann ...
Skatspieler
Maik Gustävel ...
Automaten-Monteur
Annegret Fritz ...
Wirtin
Wolfgang Boos ...
Gatekeeper
Werner Boche ...
Rasenpfleger
Dora Solter ...
Dame
Anna Spengler ...
Dame
Erika Kirchhof ...
Dame
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Schultze is a retired lignite miner living in an East German village and a passionate Polka musician on his accordion. One night he listens to a Zydeco tune in the radio, which changes his taste of music radically. Notwithstanding his complete ignorance of the English language he starts a trip into the heart of the Zydeco; to Louisana. Written by Moritz Muehlenhoff <jmm@inutil.org>

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It's never too late to re-tune your soul

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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22 April 2004 (Germany)  »

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Härra Schultze pensionipõlv  »

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$17,722 (USA) (18 February 2005)

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$594,115 (USA) (15 July 2005)
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Slow, not boring
10 May 2004 | by (here) – See all my reviews

This movie takes its time to develop. In more than one respect it reminded me of a Kaurismäki film. The landscape is depressing, the colors are not very bright, the shots are long and there is not much dialogue. And people seem only to come alive (whether it's in Germany or the US) when they're making music. There are moments of comedy but not many. Instead, you get to watch "everyday life" for a long time before something happens. And when it happens, it's not a dramatic turn or twist . . . It does not incite the characters to change completely . . . There is just a small change.

When you put all of this together, you get a very touching tale of humanity. A tale of friendship and loneliness. I think the characters are portrayed in a very life-like fashion (for example, when the loner Schultze travels to the US he is no more capable of socially connecting with people than he was in his hometown). You have to be patient with the story because there is no classic structure (exposition, story development, climax) . . . but I got really attached to the characters. There is a lot of loneliness in this film. But this is what makes it so attractive.


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