Ober (Waiter) (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ober (Waiter) (2006)

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A put-upon, middle-aged waiter whose life seems to be dictated by the writings of his best friend begs the author of his colorless autobiography for a new hue in a film writer, star, and director Alex van Warmerdam's absurdist take on fate, creativity, and power. A virtual human punching bag for his demanding wife, formidable mistress, and boisterous neighbors, Edgar (van Warmerdam) waits tables at a decrepit dive restaurant known as The West. But work offers no escape from the draining demands of his everyday life, because Edgar's customers are just as unrepentantly abusive as his friends and family. Herman (Mark Reitman) is the author in charge of telling the tale of Edgar's miserable existence, but as persistently as the hapless waiter implores the relentless writer for a merciful break in the madness of his life, Herman's sadistic wife Suzie (Thekla Reuten) always seems to steer Edgar's life in the most disagreeable direction possible. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Ober (Waiter)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Darkly funny.

January 25, 2008 | Rating: 3/4
Globe and Mail
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Likable but slight.

September 22, 2006 | Full Review…
Variety
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Waiter is hardly the mindbender it thinks it is, and there is much potential in the premise that goes unfulfilled.

January 25, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Jam! Movies

The king of Dutch deadpan Alex van Warmerdam strikes again with the delightfully off-kilter Ober (Waiter), in which a fictional waiter goes to complain about his miserable existence to his creator.

March 13, 2007 | Full Review…
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