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.
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as Niko Fischer
as Julika Hoffmann
as Karl Speckenbach
as Walter Fischer
as Phillip Rauch
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Critic Reviews for A Coffee in Berlin
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.
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.
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.
The cheerful Dixieland soundtrack implies "A Coffee in Berlin" is a comedy, but the story line smears the screen with melancholy.
As sure of itself visually in its black-and-white evocations of Berlin as its protagonist is unsure of himself and his future.
Audience Reviews for A Coffee in Berlin
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.
no one does existential plight quite like the europeans. a melancholy and wry day in the life of a lost soul. the spectacular black and white cinematography (of a city i hope to one day visit) is captivating in both its beauty and mundanity. ich liebe diesen film.
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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