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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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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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 »

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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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Petty first movie, little original & quite overrated
14 March 2014 | by lutziferienSee all my reviews

For more than 20 years Berlin has to cope with the steady flow of young newcomers ("Zugereiste") from (German) boondocks, may they be students, "creatives" or other types of birds fleeing their nest. This movie is a petty comedy, made by newcomers for newcomers, juxtaposing every imaginable Berlin cliché. It's an outsider's view that lacks real insight, although, fortunately, hipsters & their electronic devices are absent. Mix Berlin clichés with some nouvelle vague, a lot of "Herr Lehmann" & - oh, don't forget typical 90s' examining your own navel. Sorry, but self- proclaimed Berlin bohemians were a bore then & are still today...

OK, OK, it's a film student's final work, so prepare for some artsy Godard-like (please don't say Godardesque!) black and white & score, but don't expect much more.

A dramatic element is introduced, too, by addressing 1939's "Reichsprogromnacht", but this episode stands erratic & remains rather attached to the film than woven in. Don't get carried away by the whole film school jabbering: There's as much "kafkaesque" or "Freudian" stuff as in this morning's cereal.

The quite impressing cast, though, does a good job & the camera's work is solid. I would give Gerster as a director another chance, after all, you can hardly expect from a 20-something-year-old to have developed its own style, but I had one condition: no more Berlin bohemian slackers, please!


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