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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)
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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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actors | 2010s | germany | german | berlin | See All (69) »

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:

EUR300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,918, 15 June 2014

Gross USA:

$150,275

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,750,275
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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

Niko Fischer: Do you know what it's like... to have the feeling that all the people around you are honestly kind of weird? But when you think it over, then it becomes clear that the problem is with yourself.
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Referenced in Hard & Ugly (2017) See more »

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Oh Boy
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A terrific gem about urban youth, life, Germany and the absurdity of all of it
12 November 2012 | by kaelkaSee all my reviews

"Oh Boy" is a special movie and a very German one too. We follow the protagonist Niko Fischer, played by a superb Tom Schilling, through an entire day in vernal Berlin. This day is filled with several episodes in which director Jan-Ole Gerster manages to portrait the various aspects of life in modern Berlin - whether its the Kafkaesque bureaucracy one has to deal with on a daily basis or the never-ending struggle to find normality in the midst of hipsterdom and self-proclaimed avantgarde attitude which makes Berlin so popular amongst party people all over the world.

What is more, Gerster even succeeds to weave Germany's grim past into the story-line by reminding the viewer every now and then how pointless and redundant many aspects of our lives are in comparison with the unatoned horrors committed by Germans on their own turf and all over Europe.

Niko Fischer can be seen as the conscience of those of us who cannot help but deal with what it means to live in Germany and be a German on a daily basis. It might be even difficult to understand the movie in its wholeness for a foreigner as it is with literature by Hesse or Kafka, authors that largely contributed to this piece by making hilarious absurdity and tragedy confluent. The club toilet scene with Niko's schoolmate is key here and has almost Freudian dimensions.

Anyhow, I highly recommend watching this film, last but not least because I tremendously identify with it.


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