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Sommer vorm Balkon (Summer in Berlin)

Sommer vorm Balkon (Summer in Berlin) (2007)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 5

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The relationship between two women living in contemporary Berlin sets the stage for director Andreas Dresen's low-key look at urban existence. Nike (Nadja Uhl) and Katrin (Inka Friedrich) live a quiet life, often simply enjoying each other's company while perched on Nike's second-story balcony. When Nike's tenuous relationship with truck driver Ronald (Andreas Schmidt) goes sour, and an attempted rape results in a psychological collapse for Katrin, Katrin's son Max (Vincent Redetzki) quietly

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Summer in Berlin is a pointedly unglamorous slice of life that could be set in any urban neighborhood where real estate prices haven't gone through the roof.

April 2, 2007
New York Times
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For a film set during a sweltering season, precious little dramatic heat is brought to bear.

March 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The movie tends to wander between story lines and characters without any real sense of purpose.

March 30, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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A very female movie that transcends language and gender.

March 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsday
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You won't encounter many movies nearly as good this year from anywhere.

March 28, 2007
New York Observer
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Summer in Berlin is most affecting as a character study of two women in their late thirties, at the precise moment in their lives when, with middle age on the march, the fritterings and posturings of youth offer respite.

March 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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At once natural and designed, funny and sad, Dresen's story approximates the capriciousness of life itself, and that may be the highest praise any work of art could ask for.

April 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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What we seem to have in Andreas Schmidt is a Buster Keaton/Marty Feldman in Teutonic skin.

April 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Dresen's film has an ingratiating, improvisatory airiness to it which, along with Wolfgang Kohlhaase's deeply humane screenplay, affords much viewer satisfaction.

April 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A close friendship between two women is tested over the course of a single sultry Berlin summer in this bittersweet and wonderfully wry film from German director Andreas Dresen.

April 3, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

In Summer in Berlin, director Andreas Dresen presents the portrait of a friendship between two women, Nike (Nadja Uhl) and Katrin Engel (Inka Friedrich). In the German tradition of the Kammerspielfilm, this is a closely and lovingly observed study in psyc

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Audience Reviews for Sommer vorm Balkon (Summer in Berlin)

[font=Century Gothic]In "Summer in Berlin", Katrin(Inka Friedrich) and Nike(Nadja Uhl) are the best of friends who live in the same apartment building, making the occasional prank call to the pharmacist across the way. Katrin is an unemployed window dresser and aspiring artist who cannot afford the sneakers her son, Max(Vincent Redetzki), wants in order to keep up with Charly(Lil Oggesen), a neighborhood girl. The younger Nike works as a caregiver for the elderly, giving them more attention than their children do.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Summer in Berlin" is a bittersweet, gentle and unpredictable tale about how important it is that our friends are there for us at the end of the day. The movie is nothing earth shattering but still certainly worthwhile.[/font]
April 1, 2007
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