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Schultze Gets the Blues (2005)

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Critic Consensus: Schultze Gets the Blues is a sweet and charming dark comedy.

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Schultze is a simple salt mineworker, who has spent his entire life near the review Saale in the former East German state of Saxon-Anhalt. He rides his rickety bicycle across the serenade landscape to and from the mines. He drinks beer in the local pub, fishes off a pier with his workmates Jurgen and Manfred, and watches them nearly come to blows over a chess game. For Schultze, that's really all the spice he needs. When he and his buddies are suddenly laid off at the mine and forced into retirement ten years too early, not even the polka music Schultze has played on the accordion since he was a boy can put the zest back into his life--but just maybe a little zydeco can! Wandering around his modest home, trying to find contentment in a life of leisure he never asked for, Schultze is channel surfing through radio stations one day when he suddenly catches an unfamiliar rift of music--lively music that puts a spring in his step that had never been there before. But what of polka? Try as he might, this zaftig salt miner, who has been churning out the same accordion music of generations before him, can't get zydeco out of his system. In an instant, years of music tradition tumbles as easily as the Berlin Wall, and much like that momentous event that brought Germany closer to the Western World, a tie forms between Schultze and America that simply has to be explored.

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Cast

Horst Krause
as Schultze
Ursula Schucht
as Jurgen's wife
Hannelore Schubert
as Manfred's wife
Wolfgang Boos
as Gatekeeper
Leo Fischer
as Head of Music Club
Loni Frank
as Schultze's Mother
Rosemarie Deibel
as Frau Lorant
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Critic Reviews for Schultze Gets the Blues

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (23)

He does, but you probably won't, especially from watching this movie.

April 7, 2005 | Rating: 4.5/5
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Like a lazy summer day in the Big Easy, the movie sneaks up on you.

March 25, 2005 | Rating: B
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Schorr's award-winning film may be a bit on the slight side to some tastes, but it's a journey well worth taking.

March 18, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Schultze Gets the Blues can get a little thin, but it never loses its sense of quiet, playful dignity.

March 12, 2005 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

The first-time feature director has a gift that will be interesting to watch. Still, his well-executed choices make Schultze at times slow going.

March 11, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
Denver Post
Top Critic

In his first feature film, Schorr also shows a surprising confidence in his ability to sustain this joke for nearly two hours, which, like a zydeco dance party, is over before you know it.

March 11, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Schultze Gets the Blues

Tranquility and isolation paired up with tenderness and the fascination of glimpsing into the lives of others make this my favourite arthouse movie ever. The story of a retired mineworker discovering the magic of American Blues which sends him on a personal, as well as actual journey into the heartland of America. Amazing and mezmerizing, this movie is most definetly not for everyone, as it is a far cry from Hollywood cinema, being far too subtle, slow and simple. Don't be fooled though, behind it's lighthearted touch breeds a heavy philosophy of self-discovery and love for all things beautiful and human.

Henrik Schunk
Henrik Schunk

Super Reviewer

½

[font=Century Gothic]In "Schultze Gets the Blues", Schultze(Horst Krause), a man of few words, has just taken early retirement from the mine in Germany where he worked; freeing up his time to hang out with his pals all day, visit his mother in the old age home and polish his garden gnomes. He is also an accomplished accordion player, and hopes to be in the running to win a trip to attend a music festival in Texas. He performs traditional polkas but one night he has an epiphany while listening to Zydeco music on the radio...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Schultze Gets the Blues" is a wonderfully photographed bittersweet deadpan comedy about retirement and growing older. The movie has great respect for its characters and small town life.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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