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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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A Coffee in Berlin is a movie starring Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, and Justus von Dohnányi. An aimless university dropout attempts to make sense of life as he spends one fateful day wandering the streets of Berlin.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Niko Fischer
... Elli
Justus von Dohnányi ... Karl Speckenbach
Andreas Schröders ... Psychologe
Katharina Hauck ... Café-Shop Angestellte
... Matze
Friederike Kempter ... Julika Hoffmann
Arnd Klawitter ... Phillip Rauch
... Hanna
... Walter Fischer
Leander Modersohn ... Jörg Schneider
Martin Brambach ... Kontrolleur Jörg
... Kontrolleur Stefan (as RP Kahl)
Lis Böttner ... Frau Baumann
Theo Trebs ... Marcel
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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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Comedy | Drama

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€300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,501, 27 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$146,135, 3 August 2014
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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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Café-Shop Angestellte: So, what it'll be?
Niko Fischer: Coffee, please.
Café-Shop Angestellte: To go, right?
[pause]
Café-Shop Angestellte: What kind?
Niko Fischer: Just normal coffee.
Café-Shop Angestellte: Wanna try something new? Today's special is the Marocchino. For 2 Euros extra, you get a doughnut or a seed roll, all homemade and organic.
Niko Fischer: I think I'll stick with the coffee.
Café-Shop Angestellte: Sure, we've got two kinds: the Arabica and the Columbia Morning.
Niko Fischer: Which coffee tastes most like a regular coffee?
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The Birth of the Elephant
Composed by T. Berkmann, C. Colaço, F. Menzel, P. Schaeper
Performed by The Major Minors
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Everyone refuses to grow up in Oh Boy
24 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

Oh Boy is somewhat reminiscent of Prozac Nation. The protagonist is an unlikable, spoilt child, leeching off others while breezing through life. It is an anti-"Coming of Age" film, showing how people refuse to "grow up" - even supposed adults. Niko's father is childish, his friend an underachieving actor and the former classmate he runs into is in a way still the little girl with a crush on him. It doesn't end there, even Germany itself refuses to "grow up", clinging to its Nazi past and sticking to absurd bureaucracy.

On top of having an amusing story, Oh Boy has lovely cinematography. Berlin looks great in black & white, and with the lazy jazzy soundtrack it sometimes seems like a 50s film. Quite a promising start from Gerster, who won just about every German film award around.


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