A Coffee In Berlin (Oh Boy)


(out of 5)

Niko’s day gets off to a bad start and only gets weirder as the hours progress:  following an immature cop-out with his girlfriend, he meets with a court officer about a traffic infraction that results in having his licence suspended, then later has lunch with an actor friend, they run into an old friend from grade school with whom he has a bad history, he visits the set of a cheeky take off on bad World War II films, attends a highly experimental play, gets into a fight with some street thugs and then meets an old man in a bar before ending up in a hospital waiting room.  It’s a lot to deal with in 24 short hours, particularly since the running gag through the whole thing is that Niko, played with perfectly delicate apprehension by , is constantly trying to get himself a cup of coffee but is thwarted at every turn.  That conceit sounds far too adorable and the rest of it like something twee and contrived, but it’s actually a fresh and spontaneous film shot in gorgeous monochrome.   is superb as his childhood friend, her ambivalent feelings about running into a former bully one of the most perceptive aspects of this skillfully directed film.

Germany, 2012

Directed by

Screenplay by Jan Ole Gerster

Cinematography by

Produced by , , , , ,

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by , ,

Film Editing by

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European Film Award
European Discovery of the Year (Jan Ole Gerster)

Best European Film
Best European Actor (Tom Schilling)
Audience Award