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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.
A very female movie that transcends language and gender.
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
[The] characters careen toward credible crises, yet the pic's numerous virtues just don't add up to a full meal.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Summer in Berlin", Katrin(Inka Friedrich) and Nike(Nadja Uhl) are the best of friends who live in the same apartment building, making the occasional prank call to the pharmacist across the way. Katrin is an unemployed window dresser and aspiring artist who cannot afford the sneakers her son, Max(Vincent Redetzki), wants in order to keep up with Charly(Lil Oggesen), a neighborhood girl. The younger Nike works as a caregiver for the elderly, giving them more attention than their children do.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]And all of that changes when Katrin is almost hit by a truck crossing the street...[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Summer in Berlin" is a bittersweet, gentle and unpredictable tale about how important it is that our friends are there for us at the end of the day. The movie is nothing earth shattering but still certainly worthwhile.[/font]
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