Sommer vorm Balkon (Summer in Berlin) (2007)
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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
Mar 30, 2007 Limited
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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.
For a film set during a sweltering season, precious little dramatic heat is brought to bear.
The movie tends to wander between story lines and characters without any real sense of purpose.
You won't encounter many movies nearly as good this year from anywhere.
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.
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.
What we seem to have in Andreas Schmidt is a Buster Keaton/Marty Feldman in Teutonic skin.
Dresen's film has an ingratiating, improvisatory airiness to it which, along with Wolfgang Kohlhaase's deeply humane screenplay, affords much viewer satisfaction.
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.
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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