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A Coffee in Berlin (2012)

Oh Boy (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 13 June 2014 (USA)
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An aimless university dropout attempts to make sense of life as he spends one fateful day wandering the streets of Berlin.

Director:

Jan Ole Gerster

Writer:

Jan Ole Gerster (screenplay)
25 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Schilling ... Niko Fischer
Katharina Schüttler ... Elli
Justus von Dohnányi Justus von Dohnányi ... Karl Speckenbach
Andreas Schröders Andreas Schröders ... Psychologe
Katharina Hauck Katharina Hauck ... Café-Shop Angestellte
Marc Hosemann ... Matze
Friederike Kempter Friederike Kempter ... Julika Hoffmann
Arnd Klawitter Arnd Klawitter ... Phillip Rauch
Inga Birkenfeld ... Hanna
Ulrich Noethen ... Walter Fischer
Leander Modersohn Leander Modersohn ... Jörg Schneider
Martin Brambach Martin Brambach ... Kontrolleur Jörg
Rolf Peter Kahl ... Kontrolleur Stefan (as RP Kahl)
Lis Böttner Lis Böttner ... Frau Baumann
Theo Trebs Theo Trebs ... Marcel
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Storyline

This tragicomedy is a self-ironic portrait of a young man who drops out of university and ends up wandering the streets of the city he lives: Berlin. The film deals with the desire to participate in life and the difficulty to find one's place. Written by Wouter van der Sluis

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Taglines:

No job. No girl. No coffee.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

13 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Coffee in Berlin See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Box Office

Budget:

€300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,501, 27 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$146,135, 3 August 2014
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jan Ole Gerster's debut was the unexpected box-office success in Germany 2012 with more than $2mio. It also won the German Film Award for best pictures, best script and best directing 2013. See more »

Quotes

Julika Hoffmann: [to a thug] what kinda guy are you? Let me guess. You were born an alcoholic because your mom couldn't stay off the booze during her pregnancy. How could she, when she got beaten up by daddy when he came home from the pub?
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Referenced in Hard & Ugly (2017) See more »

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The Birth of the Elephant
Composed by T. Berkmann, C. Colaço, F. Menzel, P. Schaeper
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Running away
10 October 2013 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

There is a theme in the movie and I'm not talking about the growing up part. I'm talking about the part where the lead character has to make decisions. Which he is unable too. You could argue, that is part of growing up, but it's just a theme that runs through many people and will touch a nerve.

Of course the one thing our lead character wants, he doesn't get. There is always an obstacle, something that will not let him get it. For some that might feel symbolic (and the resolution this has or hasn't at the end of the movie might feel that way too), but that depends on how you view things. And that is something that has been done clever by the filmmaker here. Shooting in black and white is an art choice, but I feel it works for the general feeling of the movie


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