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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.



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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


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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Release Date:

13 June 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Coffee in Berlin  »

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Box Office


€300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,501, 27 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$146,135, 3 August 2014
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »


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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NY could learn a lot from The Berlin school.
21 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Whilst the nouvelle vague phenomenon continues in NY, it's seems Berlin, and Jan Ole Gerster actually has something to say.

At times comedic, at times serious, the writing is wonderfully wry and reminiscent of Woody Allen's darker moments. The tension between the black comedy and the underlying backdrop of Berlin's inescapable history is a knife edge Jan treads with the delicacy of a master.

Berlin looks fantastic in black and white, and the effortlessly understated cinematography and precise editing mean this film deserves all the hype that Frances Ha is getting and more.

Refreshing, and fresh this is an incredibly accomplished thesis film. And trust me, you can live without the trailer.

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