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Goodbye Berlin (2016)

Tschick (original title)
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Two young teenage boys steal a car and embark on a road trip that will probably change their lives.

Director:

Fatih Akin

Writers:

Wolfgang Herrndorf (novel), Lars Hubrich (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Tristan Göbel Tristan Göbel ... Maik Klingenberg
Aniya Wendel Aniya Wendel ... Tatjana Cosic
Justina Humpf Justina Humpf ... Natalie
Paul Busche Paul Busche ... Kevin
Jerome Hirthammer Jerome Hirthammer ... Lukas
Max Kluge Max Kluge ... Hans
Udo Samel ... Herr Wagenbach
Anja Schneider Anja Schneider ... Mutter Klingenberg
Nadine Dubois Nadine Dubois ... Frau Weber
Henning Peker Henning Peker ... Herr Schuback
Uwe Bohm Uwe Bohm ... Josef Klingenberg
Anand Batbileg Chuluunbaatar Anand Batbileg Chuluunbaatar ... Tschick (as Anand Batbilek Chuluunbaatar)
Katerina Poladjan Katerina Poladjan ... Mathelehrerin Strahl
Sammy Scheuritzel Sammy Scheuritzel ... Patrick
Julius Felsberg Julius Felsberg ... Justin
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With the birthday party of the most beautiful girl in the class coming in less than three weeks, the diffident fourteen-year-old teenager, Maik, has a lot on his mind. To further complicate matters, Maik's alcohol-dependent tennis enthusiast mother is in and out of the beauty farm--aka the rehab facility--and his real estate developer father is utterly indifferent. Under those circumstances, the unexpected arrival of the exciting new classmate, Tschick, will create quite a stir, when the class' rejects boldly decide to hit the road in an old "borrowed" light-blue Lada, going from uncool to cool in a split second. Little by little--as Tschick and Maik set off on an unforgettable joyride in East Germany's great outdoors--they will find out the meaning of friendship, and the thrill of the first love. This is going to be, hands down, the best summer ever. Written by Nick Riganas

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The Best Summer of All!

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Maik Klingenberg: Did you steal that car?
Tschick: No, just borrowed it. I'll put it back later. Lada Niva, runs on diesel.
Maik Klingenberg: What about fingerprints?
Tschick: That's TV bullshit. Go ahead, touch anything.
Maik Klingenberg: You want to go to jail?
Tschick: I'm only 14, man. Criminal accountability starts at 15. Come on, Maik, let's go for a spin!
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Canned Tomatoes (Whole)
Performed by Courtney Barnett
Written by Courtney Barnett
© 2013 Milk! Records
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If not up with Akin's best, still an endearing coming of age tale
27 May 2017 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Charming, amiable teen-age comedy with a few moments of sadness thrown in as well. Two 14 year old 'outsider' boys in Berlin form a friendship, and take off for the country in a stolen car, seeking adventure.

The odd couple of friends here are pretty endearing. There's no big, obvious reason Maik is an outsider. He's OK looking, not a bad kid, not a teacher's pet or a bad boy. He just has the bad luck of not standing out enough to make him cool, so he's become a non-entity in his class. His counterpart – the very hard to overlook Tschick -- is an extremely tall Russian immigrant 'new-kid' with a silly hair cut and a bad-ass tough attitude. Their bond is sweet, and somehow believable.

Based on a popular young-adult German novel, "Tschick" is not as edgy, odd and original as most of Akin's films, but has just enough quirk and personality to keep it from falling into feeling too familiar, even if the basic story is a variation on something we've seen many times. Of all Akin's earlier films probably the closes analog is "In July" (2000) – a familiar rom-com story given a personality through Akin's approach.

If not the revelation I was hoping for given the brilliance of Akin's best films ("Head-On", "The Edge of Heaven") it's still a likable coming of age film with it's own bittersweet take on the world.


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Germany | France

Language:

German

Release Date:

15 September 2016 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Goodbye Berlin See more »

Filming Locations:

Leipzig, Saxony, Germany See more »

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$3,987,502
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1.85 : 1
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