A Coffee in Berlin (2014)



Critic Consensus: Amiably slight, A Coffee in Berlin compensates for its lack of narrative drive with a sure-handed screenplay and echoes of early Woody Allen.

Movie Info

Jan Ole Gerster's wry and vibrant feature debut A Coffee in Berlin, which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. Niko lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to his growing status as an outsider. Then on one fateful day, through a series of absurdly amusing encounters, everything changes: his girlfriend rebuffs him, his father cuts … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jan Ole Gerster
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 21, 2014
Box Office: $0.1M
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as Niko Fischer

as Julika Hoffmann

as Karl Speckenbach

as Walter Fischer

as Friedrich

as Phillip Rauch

as Psychologist

as Karl Speckenbach
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Critic Reviews for A Coffee in Berlin

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (17)

In spite of its insufferably whimsical tendencies - exemplified by its original title, "Oh Boy" - the film may have turned out to be a deeply profound modern postscript about fascism.

Full Review… | December 23, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Niko's problem is not just that he's spoiled and lazy, but that he's a wimp about it. He only maintains viewer sympathy because everyone else in the film is so obnoxious.

Full Review… | July 10, 2014
Boston Globe
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It manages to make an entertaining story out of nothing in particular. And just when you get comfortable passively observing a passive observer, the minutest of twists becomes its own call to action.

Full Review… | July 10, 2014
Washington Post
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The cheerful Dixieland soundtrack implies "A Coffee in Berlin" is a comedy, but the story line smears the screen with melancholy.

Full Review… | June 26, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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As sure of itself visually in its black-and-white evocations of Berlin as its protagonist is unsure of himself and his future.

Full Review… | June 26, 2014
Chicago Tribune
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In Gerster's view, Berlin's unresolved past taints its bustling charm and glossy serenity, as well as every familiar course of practical action-yet his movie veers toward the historical kitsch that he satirizes.

Full Review… | June 23, 2014
New Yorker
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Audience Reviews for A Coffee in Berlin

Visibly influenced by Woody Allen, not only in the black and white but also the jazz score, the downbeat mood and mainly the deliciously wry humor, Gerster's impressive debut as a filmmaker tells a very thoughtful story about a young man who does not feel like he belongs anymore.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A Coffee In Berlin feels like a German, Woody Allen film. Most of this doesn't feel very fresh, even if lead actor Tom Schilling is really good in his role. We've seen a lot of "delayed adolescence" films, and we've seen a lot better ones. What really makes this world hard to be in is how obnoxious the supporting characters are. Yes, it makes Niko seem more likable, but I didn't want to be around these people any longer. I can't imagine any American viewers getting a lot of this movie, so I would just skip it.

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