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.
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is an admirer of the film, and has called it his favorite work of Herzog's. Incidentally, he first saw the film on the same BBC broadcast in 1980 (while in England shooting The Elephant Man
(1980)) which Ian Curtis watched shortly before committing suicide. Lynch would later become friends with Herzog and even serve as producer for My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
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Der Bruno Stroszek
Right when a person is writhing in pain, it hurts so bad. And that pain is a spiritiual pain, it's deep inside.
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