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]
Branch Call Number: DVD FOREIGN Cof
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
digital,optical
1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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jnewday
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.

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JeanieG
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.

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brinyurchin2
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.

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brinyurchin
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.

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Pen__
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.

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hecto
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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DexterBelgrave
Mar 12, 2016

Worth seeing, with superb acting, directing and camera work. The dialogue is true, as is the portrait of an insecure young man and his acquaintances, all adrift and perilously close to some sort of emotional implosion. Perhaps that description makes the film more fraught and less funny and enjoyable than it is.

mallc Jan 05, 2016

A sleepy, beautiful film that follows Niko, an aimless twenty-something law drop out, as he makes his way through a day in Berlin coffee by coffee.

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ms_mustard
Jul 14, 2015

a young Berliner in search of a cup of coffee and of himself. not willing to conform to daddy's plans for him but willing to take his money, until suddenly it's no longer there.

suffering from ennui but still able to care about and connect with some of the people who cross his path.

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JackPurcell
Mar 29, 2015

For those who are bedridden in a hospital or in prison and don't have any alternatives, Louis L'Amour books or romance novels to read, no chick flicks, and you have to get through a few more unspecified units of time before you die, this is an okay movie.

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