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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A dialogue sample from the film is used to transition the first two tracks on the Ratatat album "LP4". See more
Bruno's coffee cup on the piano disappears. See more
No-one kicks you here Bruno.
Der Bruno Stroszek
Not physically, here they do it spiritually.
On the Way Down to Phoenix
Written and Performed by Chet Atkins See more