A Coffee in Berlin

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

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A fateful day pushes an aimless college dropout (Tom Schilling) to stop wasting his time and finally engage with life.

Cast & Crew

Tom Schilling
Niko Fischer
Katharina Schüttler
Elli
Justus von Dohnányi
Karl Speckenbach
Friederike Kempter
Julika Hoffmann
Arnd Klawitter
Phillip Rauch
Andreas Schröders
Psychologe
Katharina Hauck
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Jan Ole Gerster
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Birgit Kämper
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Jörg Himstedt
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Critic Reviews for A Coffee in Berlin

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (12)

  • 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.

    December 23, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 10, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 10, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • As sure of itself visually in its black-and-white evocations of Berlin as its protagonist is unsure of himself and his future.

    June 26, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 23, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Director Jan Ole Gerster lacks the confidence to set his main character genuinely adrift, instead caging him in scenes of cloying seriocomedy.

    June 20, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Coffee in Berlin

  • Jun 12, 2014
    Visibly influenced by Woody Allen, not only in its black and white but also in the downbeat mood, the jazz score and mainly the deliciously wry humor, Gerster's impressive debut as a filmmaker tells a very thoughtful story about a young man who feels like he doesn't belong anymore.
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