A coffee in Berlin

A coffee in Berlin

DVD - 2014 | German
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A love letter to Berlin and the Gen Y experience, this slacker dramedy paints a day in the life of Niko, a 20-something college dropout going nowhere fast. Niko lives an aimless life, oblivious to his growing status as an outsider, until one fateful day when he finally has to engage with life.
Publisher: [Chicago, Illinois] : Music Box Films, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD FILM COF
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (circa 85 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 inches
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
video file,DVD video,region 1


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May 21, 2019

This comes as close to being a non-film as I care to see. Really I don't get the point of this young guy's odyssey through Berlin, as empty as one can imagine. I'd sort of like to meet Julika.

Jul 13, 2018

Headline: It's hard to get a cup of coffee in Berlin.

A day in the life of a sensitive, rudderless twenty-something, beautifully played by Tom Schilling.

Gorgeous black and white, great soundtrack.

Warning: if you're expecting the usual Hollywood product, stay away from this one.

Jun 11, 2018

I have no idea what the point of this movie was, but I felt something after it was finished. I felt very hollowed. Between the jazz music, the European setting, and the black & white colorization, I felt transported into Niko's life while watching. Without spoiling anything, life isn't all it's cracked up to be... but maybe it is all the same? There will always be a new day, and with it, another cup of coffee.

Apr 07, 2018

Whimsical, ironic, understated, deep, poignant, sobering. A bona fide gem.

Sep 19, 2017

Wry dry wit and humor flavor this day-in-the life of Niko who seems to be under a cloud that follows him everywhere. No matter what avenue he ventures down, something is always going wrong. Loved the scene with "dear old Dad" whose advice on how to hit a golf ball speaks volumes on finding the motivation to inspire a deadly shot. Great scenes, great shots, the black-and-white lends a mythical timelessness to the story.

Feb 23, 2017

I like most foreign films because they often introduce a different perspective. This one did just that. I never knew what to expect and what would come next which made it a bit edgy. The fact that it was in black and white gave it an untimeliness - so many of us go through a time like this in our lives when we are young and unsure of what we want. Black and white also seems very "artsy".

The film is in German with subtitles and takes place in Berlin. However whether this is representative of the Berlin most experience is unknown. Maybe it is just a niche of the Berlin experienced by the younger generation. It seemed a little on the dark side. Overall, very engaging and enjoyable.

Dec 20, 2016

A poignant little film which does a lot to evoke the time of life leaving the family and navigating the new economic & relationship wilderness that comes with adulthood. There's just enough honesty and vulnerability to redeem the otherwise hard landscape. And the acting is great. The father-son relationship, set up in one tight scene, speaks volumes about what our unassuming protagonist is working through.

And a seemingly random meeting with a stranger says volumes about Germany's history, and what, on the level of a nation & history, the Germans are working through.
A deceptively simple coming of age story that resonates on many levels.
And a likable character to take to heart.

Dec 20, 2016

In agreement with a lot of other reviewers here: slice of life, charm, real characters. It reminded me of the vulnerability of youth. It catches the turns in life that leave you alienated, but you don't quite have the resources to make them conscious--yet-- it's the beginning of that process, one hopes.

Aug 05, 2016

Excellent black and white , film commentary, dark dry comedy, using one character to portray the (society) universal dwindling kindness, simplicity, and quality of life (it could take place anywhere ) statues, parks, trees, land, playgrounds, are being overshadowed by sky scrapers, where people are too busy to really talk to each other, or look , sit and admire a statue, where the "cup of coffee" ( in a real cup and saucer, ) are nearly impossible to find anymore...

It is fast, complicated, in plastic cups, expensive...

"Coffee " representing the asian tea house idea , the past, (where life moves slow, ) real connection, when people sit and enjoy the simple inexpensive "coffee", (life - each other, ) take time to breathe, relax. Talk to each other, listen.

The character (society) is lost, confused, melancoly, living in the present, immediate gratificcation, feels no passion or purpose, caught up with waves of others energy and desires...

It is a great thought provoking piece on lost etiquite, politeness, integrity, honesty, kindness with no expectations (grandmother wanting to make someone sometjing to eat.. Or feels useless). Everyone is "too" busy and tense to eat. Reflections on the many wonderful things in the past that people in todays world will never know or experience, because those 60 and older (who still live in that slower pace of life) will die off one by one.

Well worth watching the making of, deleted scenes, and interview with the writer / director.

Jun 22, 2016

A nice little film that uses the device of 'a day in the life of a slacker' to create, through a succession of chance encounters, a personal take on the German obsession with Vergangenheitsbewältigung - and in this case no one is succeeding in coming to terms with his or her past. It is also a love letter to the city, nicely filmed in black and white. With good direction and acting, it has the added virtue of not taking itself too seriously, a point underlined by its gentle send-up of contemporary performance art. Definitely worth seeing.

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