Cinemark | Rating: 7/10 Don't have an account? | Rating: 3/4 Damned near impossible, it turns out. It's just meaningless nonsense, 90% of the time. Niko (Tom Schilling) in "A Coffee in Berlin." Along the way, we see much of Berlin. A Cup of Pleasure in film making that scored high with me because of its thoughtful humor, wonderful acting, crisp black and white film work, and commentary on the problems of young men fitting into a modern world. Review: A Coffee in Berlin. Learning life's lesson the hard way. It doesn't really try anything at all. Awards Copyright © Fandango. Now watch me take a big fat sh*t on that canvas, how you like that, you art experts? This movie directly highlights that. A terrific gem about urban youth, life, Germany and the absurdity of all of it. We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future. Cheap, pseudo, uninspired. As a German living abroad for the past 12 years, it's been a surprising pleasure to see, back in Berlin, this little jewel of a movie. 5:31 PM PST 11/6/2012 ... short-term goal of enjoying a cup of coffee into a deftly handled running joke. Petty first movie, little original & quite overrated, Film Review - A Coffee in Berlin (2012) 6.8/10, An Excellent Movie About Feeling Meaningless. "A Coffee in Berlin" veers confidently from melancholy to absurdity and back, and then back again. There is probably a fancy name for this, but most people just call it pointless, boring, a waste of time. A fateful day pushes an aimless college dropout (Tom Schilling) to stop wasting his time and finally engage with life. Please click the link below to receive your verification email. | | Rating: 3/4 Regal Review: Superintelligence Keeps a Lid on Melissa McCarthy’s Comic Energy. I must mention the editing, sometimes it is dysfunctional in transition, so the story becomes a little bit stiff. A charming slacker promenades about Berlin streets. Really guys, to see artistic quality in it means you're intellect is somewhere in Beavis and Butthead land, without the coolness and subversion, that is. Swimming - just one of many, many fun and useful things you can do that is not seeing this movie. No raunchy jokes like we get in films made and about young people. And the Berlin footage? I would agree. This movie is a petty comedy, made by newcomers for newcomers, juxtaposing every imaginable Berlin cliché. drama, Schiwago Film GmbH, Or listening to people talk nonsense. Film. We follow the protagonist Niko Fischer, played by a superb Tom Schilling, through an entire day in vernal Berlin. Brilliant! Not too much talking. With Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Justus von Dohnányi, Andreas Schröders. A largely enjoyable, understated picture that will tickle those with a taste for DIY indies and the French New Wave. It's slow and at the beginnen strange but definitely worth it. Your Ticket Confirmation # is located under the header in your email that reads "Your Ticket Reservation Details". No it isn't. Verified reviews are considered more trustworthy by fellow moviegoers. and the Terms and Policies, This movie follows a vaguely lost Berliner as he spends a day in his city after moving into a new apartment. And in this winning, dry and hip character comedy, he's a bit lost.oiding commitment to his cute girlfriend. Grainy, gritty black and white photography of Berlin. The percentage of users who rated this 3.5 stars or higher. Niko Fischer played by Schilling, who interrupted his studies and is trying to find himself in Berlin. Coming Soon. Great musical score by Cherilyn MacNeil and The Major Minors. Amiably slight, A Coffee in Berlin compensates for its lack of narrative drive with a sure-handed screenplay and echoes of early Woody Allen. The past is the nazism and collective guilt, that is receding, yet has its imprint on the people. I'd say this a movie that goes nowhere but it's worth the trip! Schilling is basically in every scene of the film. The music is eerie in the right places. It hurts, someone get him a coffee please! Would he had gotten it, and he might have been better prepared for his frustrating encounters with his girlfriends (present and possible future), his dad, the creator of an unintentionally hilarious performance art piece, and some drunken toughs, among others. Or watching a stage play. Directed by Jan-Ole Gerster. One reviewer described the movie as a love letter to Berlin. There is humor, tragedy, love and drama in those 24 hours. First time feature film writer/director Jan Ole Gerster chose to shoot “A Coffee in Berlin” in black and white, giving the film a vintage look with the city of Berlin as its backdrop. It's a film I shall want to see many times, because it's the type of film that I'll probably understand the more and experience the more deeply with each successive viewing of it, and there aren't many movies like that. It is the director's debut film, and thesis project for the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin.. Try watching it. "A Coffee in Berlin" is a well made movie about the trials of life that can befall a young and not particularly self-confident man who has such a day. Review: A Coffee in Berlin By Morgan Wilcock on June 10, 2014 Chronic dissatisfaction, self-absorption, financial dependence, laziness—the dominant traits of the Gen Y gene are hardly desirable when it comes to generating the lead character of a film. Sounds boring? Good choice of b/w to show the lights of the city and remind of the famous 20s. (A Coffee and Berlin, 2012) is a surprising tragi-comedy. This day is filled with several episodes in which director Jan-Ole Gerster manages to portrait the various aspects of life in modern Berlin - whether its the Kafkaesque bureaucracy one has to deal with on a daily basis or the never-ending struggle to find normality in the midst of hipsterdom and self-proclaimed avantgarde attitude which makes Berlin so popular amongst party people all over the world. Who said that the Germans don't have a sense of humor. Niko (Tom Schilling) is a baby-faced lad of about 20, has no luck finding a cup. You could argue, that is part of growing up, but it's just a theme that runs through many people and will touch a nerve. A Coffee in Berlin. Chromosom Filmproduktion, December 23, 2014 |, June 23, 2014 The film is presented in a very cool black and white with a fantastic Jazz-like soundtrack. the new is the normality - a society where kids of rich parents can afford not to work and just wonder around city while enjoying simple pleasures of sex/drugs and sarcasm. Cinemark It's a long time since I saw film like that this that goes absolutely nowhere in terms of plot but it's a nice relief after some of the usual high-tension I often watch. We get to see how he handles the death of a stranger. Film Review: ‘A Coffee in Berlin’ The German indie that went all the way at the country's film awards has much in common with classic Sundance soul-searchers. | Rating: B+ Coming Soon. A COFFEE IN BERLIN, originally titled OH BOY is Jan Ole Gerster debut feature and Gerster gives Niko the perfect handicap to keep him from simply taking control of his own life. I mentioned Katharina Schüttler and I liked how the words displayed on the screen "Oh Boy" perfectly fit her interaction with our "hero" early on in the film. |, October 18, 2014 Don’t worry, it won’t take long. The comedy is underplayed. Hessischer Rundfunk, More so, it allows our minds to wander in and out of the picture, which isn't a terrible quality; certain audiences are known to relish this disaffected approach. You cannot make an omelet, without breaking eggs. The offbeat outing A Coffee in Berlin swept up the 2013 Deutscher Filmpreis Awards, and is said to have announced a major new talent in first-time filmmaker Jan Ole Gerster.That may seem like slightly effusive praise on the face of it -- this is a minimalist seriocomedy, not the sort of stylistic tour de force that heralds a new directorial voice. An aimless university dropout attempts to make sense of life as he spends one fateful day wandering the streets of Berlin. A Coffee In Berlin may have well been titled “Niko and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” This poor guy can’t catch a break- but it’s these series of unfortunate events that make him relatable to audiences. In spite of its insufferably whimsical tendencies - exemplified by its original title, "Oh Boy" - the film may have turned out to be a deeply profound modern postscript about fascism. | Rating: 2/4 Regarding "Oh Boy" there is really no point in arguing with them. |, July 10, 2014 All Critics (52) That in itself is amazing since the movie shows such maturity in the craft. The protagonist is an unlikable, spoilt child, leeching off others while breezing through life. comedy, Tom Schilling gives a solid performance here, starring as Niko Fischer, a young man, living in Berlin, who's lost his way in life and is currently broke, unemployed, has no serious relationships, and is still taking tuition money from his father without telling him he dropped out of law school some 2 years before. (Music Box Pictures) It's fun to spot the influences in "A Coffee in Berlin," an 83-minute movie that swept last year's German Oscars. By Bernard Boo@BJ_Booon June 20, 2014. In Gerster's view, Berlin's unresolved past taints its bustling charm and glossy serenity, as well as every familiar course of practical action-yet his movie veers toward the historical kitsch that he satirizes. Tom Schilling does a great job of showing us a pretty rough day in one man's life. Funny school, didn't teach him a single thing about movie-making. Sidney Poitier’s 7 Most Memorable Performances, All Harry Potter Movies Ranked Worst to Best by Tomatometer. Also, he played a minor role in making "Good Bye Lenin". That went on for quite a long time, but this IS a film about Berlin, so clearly someone thought it was important to include here. I pondered that question because I have never been to Berlin. The soundtrack is echoing the jazz era's swing (lindy hop and electoswing are very popular among that generation of euros), the black/white style with a lot of closeups reminds of the era too (and of some other movies). The movie is totally immature, narcissistic crap, and it doesn't even try rebellion... how pathetic is this? They say Gerster was a film student? | Top Critics (26) It shows that everyone, even pretty good people, are internally tortured and deeply flawed. Just leave us a message here and we will work on getting you verified. | You want Niko to pull himself together and for the sparks of empathy we see to flame into action. Really quite good at showing us all the issues that weigh on him, but he keeps on trucking. It doesn't even try to be written and/or performed in a poetic or artistic way of any sorts. | Rating: C+ 'A Coffee in Berlin': AFI Fest Review. Niko is a drinker, and when he drinks, he finds himself in trouble. I thing that changing the title from Oh Boy to A Cup of Coffee in Berlin was a good move. Directed by Jan Ole Gerster. All the supporting players do a very fine job too, even if they only appear in a single scene like Schüttler, von Dohnányi, Lau or Brambach, a personal favorite. But I think that it would have detracted, distracted me from the powerful message behind the movie. Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password. He only maintains viewer sympathy because everyone else in the film is so obnoxious. Forgot your password? Oh Boy is somewhat reminiscent of Prozac Nation. In 2014, the film was released in the US under the title A Coffee in Berlin I hope that there will be more films coming from the people who made this one. It hurts, someone get him a coffee please! As it is, he is "a victim of inertia," says Washington Post reviewer Stephanie Merry, a young man who has so far chucked his opportunities into an ocean of cool. A Coffee in Berlin’s black-and-white imagery and jazzy music could signal the cinematic Berlin of noir and espionage, but scruffy Niko Fischer (Tom Schilling, star of Generation War) is a very contemporary guy when his girlfriend catches him sneaking out of bed to avoid her in the morning. Niko's problem is not just that he's spoiled and lazy, but that he's a wimp about it. I Might emphasize extremely but it is a well-written story, with a crunchy plot, which is both dynamic and interesting. We get to see his interaction with a girl he used to bully in highschool for being fat, who had a crush on him. Lots of small supporting parts in the film as well, by some famous german actors. And just when you get comfortable passively observing a passive observer, the minutest of twists becomes its own call to action. He has many jarring experiences, is short on money, never seems to have a lighter to smoke cigarettes, and can't quite track down somewhere or something that will provide him with a coffee. FAQ No slapstick comedy here. A Coffee In Berlin movie reviews & Metacritic score: Niko (Tom Schilling) lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to … Metacritic Reviews. The movie reflects the play of colors, through a black and white melancholy in the backdoors of Berlin, which brings a big city atmosphere. They won't be able to see your review if you only submit your rating. I got the Taxi Driver reference early on, but the film actually reminded me a bit of Scorsese's brilliant After Hours, but it didn't want to be quite that kooky and sustained. Sign up here. Visibly influenced by Woody Allen, not only in its black and white but also in the downbeat mood, the jazz score and mainly the deliciously wry humor, Gerster's impressive debut as a filmmaker tells a very thoughtful story about a young man who feels like he doesn't belong anymore. We see a lot just observing. The average person goes through an immense amount that you don't even realize. Which he is unable too. That the guy is locked inside his inability to act? The film premiered at the 2012 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. It hurts, someone get him a coffee please! For the latter it is only the second movie as director and the first in 8 years. You're almost there! I enjoyed A Coffee in Berlin. Shot in black and white Berlin shows itself beautifully. One reviewer described the movie as a love letter to Berlin. Niko is a drinker, and when he drinks, he finds himself in trouble. Mix Berlin clichés with some nouvelle vague, a lot of "Herr Lehmann" & - oh, don't forget typical 90s' examining your own navel. Whilst the nouvelle vague phenomenon continues in NY, it's seems Berlin, and Jan Ole Gerster actually has something to say. Review: Julien Temple’s Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan. It manages to make an entertaining story out of nothing in particular. Poor guy. The movie reflects the play of colors, through a black and white melancholy in the backdoors of Berlin, which brings a big city atmosphere. We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your account. This 10-digit number is your confirmation number. A Coffee In Berlin Review Middling Although expertly acted and photographed, A Coffee in Berlin is a drifting deadpan comedy that could have used a shot of caffeinated energy. One of those flames occurs near the end of the film, when he hears a rambling, drunken tale that calls forth thoughts of people who really had it bad. Step by step the young guy's everyday-life situations pull you in, develop a light but melancholic atmosphere in which great acting, a pensive and funny script, music that reminds the best of Miles Davis and awesome black-and-white camera-work form a wonderful whole of a movie. The title of this award-winning 2014 German film is a tease, since the protagonist spends the day the movie describes trying—and failing—to score a cup of joe. 7/10. Where kids are still bullying the fatties (without making connections with Nazis bullying their victims). Just below that it reads "Ticket Confirmation#:" followed by a 10-digit number. The rough day turns into a bad night, but then... when morning comes, we are given just a smidge of hope. A largely enjoyable, understated picture that will tickle those with a taste for DIY indies and the French New Wave. All he wants is a ##$$%% cup of coffee, and his day just keeps worse and worse. NY could learn a lot from The Berlin school. RECOMMENDED (Oh Boy, 2012) A hit and prize-winner on its home turf in Germany, "A Coffee in Berlin" is a wan but often winning slacker comedy, with gentle, unintentional parallels to the fee It is an anti-"Coming of Age" film, showing how people refuse to "grow up" - even supposed adults. We never see Niko drunk, and he only drinks on-screen a couple of times, but you can… It hurts, someone get him a coffee please! Thanks to multiple drunk… Jan Ole Gerster's debut film, starring Tom Schilling as Niko (originally titled Oh, Boy), has created a likable if drifting protagonist and given him situations punctuated with absurd humor. These guys, born in the 80s, grew up in when new German mentality is being formed, Germany that is normal and yet still struggling with its past. How quickly can someone get lost in the extent of a city? It all sounds rather dire, but in ­writer-director Jan Ole Gerster’s “A Coffee in Berlin,” the proceedings are actually quite entertaining in a mildly farcical way — at least at first. Along the way, we see much of Berlin. It is to focus on its central importance. A movie describing the life of someone who can't find his place around people, how he feels that people became strangers to him, but actually, it's him becoming a stranger to himself. "On the one hand, Gerster is irrefutably remarkable to condense a gallimaufry of quiddities, that suffuse the contemporary milieu into its slender running time, but on the other hand, some of his choices are too stereotyped, like the proverbial understanding that Germans are built without funny bones, even for a performance inside a black-box theater, "funny" still is an insulting word to a supposedly avant-garde mind, also, the sex dynamism between Niko and Julika (Kempter), leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, the portrayal of a girl using sexual appeal as her go-to criterion of self-actualization is myopic, not to mention, minutes ago, she is the one who just valiantly confronts three cads without batting an eyelid, she should have been wiser, so should be the one who authors that scenario.". Yeah it's in black in white, i can see that. Simple in a way that actually gets you thinking. | Rating: B+ |, November 8, 2018 A Coffee in Berlin. Some days simply don't go well. A Coffee in Berlin, also known by the name Oh Boy, is calm, cool and collected, a black and white German indie thats as much French New Wave as it is early Richard Linklater.Following a day in the life of Niko Fischer (Tom Schilling), a late-20’s slacker who dropped out of school two years ago, Jan Ole Gerster’s comedy is much more complex than its American counterparts. External Reviews And no, this is no deep dialog. It doesn't end there, even Germany itself refuses to "grow up", clinging to its Nazi past and sticking to absurd bureaucracy. | Rotten (12). Where ridiculous films about important things in life are being shot. | And that's a fact. “A Coffee in Berlin” is a coming-age-film that never overcomes its own adolescence. All rights reserved. It might have been interesting to see the locale in colour. The image is an example of a ticket confirmation email that AMC sent you when you purchased your ticket. The film is both silly and profound, a … The dialog is sharp and meaningful. Movie Reviews by Michael Phillips Reports of the slim but impressive 83-minute German film "A Coffee in Berlin" -- titled "Oh Boy" in its popular initial European release -- have been inflated by the picture winning scads of awards in its country of origin upon initial release. |, June 26, 2014 I actually did feel a little bit of tension from time to time thinking something would go wrong and in fact our poor laid-back hero continually meets nut jobs or people you think could be friendly ...until they go nuts. Please reference “Error Code 2121” when contacting customer service. This movie has no story, it has no characters, it has no meaning. If you see, towards the end, average shots of Berlin turned into looking poetic… you know the film has found its tone just on the right note. | Oh, you mean the meaning is that it has no meaning? | Fresh (40) "A Coffee in Berlin" is a well made movie about the trials of life that can befall a young and not particularly self-confident man who has such a day. It hurts, someone get him a coffee please! Tom Schilling plays the part with a hint of melancholy which is fascinating to watch. Lots of talking heads all around. Niko's father is childish, his friend an underachieving actor and the former classmate he runs into is in a way still the little girl with a crush on him. A Coffee in Berlin, also titled Oh Boy, is a 2012 German tragicomedy film directed by Jan-Ole Gerster.It is in black-and-white. By Peter Debruge Niko Fischer played by Schilling, who interrupted his studies and is trying to find himself in Berlin. I'm talking about the part where the lead character has to make decisions. 77% TOMATOMETER Coming Soon, Regal Did you know that you can go swimming right after you eat? The movie only runs for little over 80 minutes and depicts conversations and interactions between the central character and usually one or two other people. The dry humor in the film is subtle but effective- it’s easy to see why A Coffee In Berlin an academy favorite. It's really just crap. Berlin, of course, HAS to be in b&w, so cue references to Wenders of Alice in the Cities, especially the view out of the window over the elevated railway, not to mention Wings of Desire. If you want directorial comparisons, the movies of the great director Guy Madden, and the two great movies from David Lynch, can be compared with this one, for their haunting effects and deeply offbeat and surprising turns of script and for their images which (like this one's) burn themselves into one's consciousness at a deep enough level to become a permanent feature of a receptive viewer's being. As far the idea of broken glass, leaves the feeling of hopelessness and disconnection. We get to see is damages relationship with his father due to lying. Arte, This German Film is so Simple in a way that actually gets you thinking, a Must Watch but don't do that if you feel sad or depressed. (A Coffee and Berlin, 2012) is a surprising tragi-comedy. |, September 26, 2018 There is a theme in the movie and I'm not talking about the growing up part. |, June 20, 2014 Huh huh cool, huh huh. It's amazing that it hangs together as well as it does. There are moments of smirk-worthy humor and there aren't any overt errors, but it's just so unambitious that A Coffee in Berlin fails to leave a substantial emotional impact of any kind. |, November 20, 2018 So, with that non-prolific background, it was certainly a bit surprising how many awards this movie achieved and that it became the great winner at the German Film Awards that year. Such a shame that she is so unstable. By creating an account, you agree to the Privacy Policy One of the characters, an old man he bumps into at the coffee shop goes into a long tirade talking about Kristallnacht, and how it affected him as a small child. Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 Top Critic It's an outsider's view that lacks real insight, although, fortunately, hipsters & their electronic devices are absent. That this film exists in it's current form is as ridiculous as letting a hack medicine student who can't tell a scalpel from scissors perform plastic surgery. 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