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A Coffee in Berlin2014

  • 4.0
Jan Ole Gerster's wry and vibrant feature debut A COFFEE IN BERLIN, which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. Niko lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to his growing status as an outsider. Then on one fateful day, through a series of absurdly amusing encounters, everything changes: his girlfriend rebuffs him, his father cuts off his allowance and a strange psychiatrist dubiously confirms his "emotional imbalance." Shot in timeless black and white and enriched with a snappy jazz soundtrack, this slacker dramedy is a love letter to Berlin and the Generation Y experience.

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I loved the trailer and the film did not disappoint. The central character endured a rollercoaster of a day and night... I left the film feeling optimistic about his future as well as inspired to ride the ups and downs of my own daily life with more patience.

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I loved the trailer and the film did not disappoint. The central character endured a rollercoaster of a day and night... I left the film feeling optimistic about his future as well as inspired to ride the ups and downs of my own daily life with more patience.

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A black & white delight, great for those who love Berlin and fans of dry German humor. Odd dramatic twists and surprises abound.

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a wonderful beautiful film_NIko is great_the cinematography is perfect_so many odd happenstances the film doesn't travel in a straight line so many detours all so odd and questioning but in the end powerful_sort of insane & brilliant

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If Richard Linklater were German, this might be a film he would make. The protagonist is more or less adrift, but seems to take a good deal of enjoyment in his existential angst. Somehow, he is not annoying. You like him and this movie has a unique energy that entertains and fully satisfies.

Really enjoyed it! Makes you think and the main character is very relatable. And the film takes you through many emotions without ever being too cheesy or unrealistic. Also, some beautiful shots of Berlin.

Excellent! Started watching it in Indiana, had to stop, went to Berlin for five days, returned back to the States and watched the rest of the film while in Chicago. Strongly recommended! Beautiful, smart, insightful. When movies like this is still being made in the world we live in, we have hope. Many thanks to the creators of this masterpiece.

Great writing went into this one. I enjoyed this film very much: the black-and-white aesthetic worked well, as did the realism provided by the street scenes, as well as the solid lead performance by Tom Schilling, who was equally disappointing (as a character) and annoying, but somehow likable. The secondary characters and various chance meetings, though seemingly absurd, were very true to life in my experience and there were definitely some very moving and tender scenes: the grandmother and her recliner, Julie's stage performance and attempt at love-making, the old drunk waxing nostalgic, the passive-aggressive bureaucrat, the harsh father, all of it made for a beautiful, and believable, humanity. The only thing that troubled me was the bad Woody Allen-esque jazz that linked some of the of the early scenes. A better choice should have been made for those transitions.

I thought that it was a good movie. It used different filmmaking techniques which tuned out to be pretty interesting while at the same time a little annoying.

Beautiful looking film and a delightful little surprise.