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.
Did You Know?
A dialogue sample from the film is used to transition the first two tracks on the Ratatat album "LP4". See more
The position of Bruno's hand when talking with Shertz about where Eva is, changes twice during that sequence. See more
Well, taking a boat to New York and Florida... Isn't there a park there? What's it called? Where the bears run around free?
Der Bruno Stroszek
That's the Grizzlies.
The Last Thing on My Mind
Performed by Chet Atkins
Written and Performed by Tom Paxton
(uncredited) See more