I feel like this had so much unexplored potential. The entire last third of the film is where my biggest dissatisfactions lie, as the film quickly loses all sense of direction, purpose, and depth. Ironically, this prevented me from continuing to empathize with the character's feelings of loss of direction and purpose. Overall, there's still enough good here to make it worth watching, but definitely has its flaws.
A must see for any non German living, lived or planning to live in the German speaking world. Captured my experience as a foreigner in Austria exactly! Conveys the humor, social situations, complicated men, and loneliness of the German city auras as well as its contagiousness. Weird color grading at times, but other than that, just great!
Considering that Europe is experiencing the tragic plight of migration, a film about a privileged, middle-class Spanish exchange student struggling to fit in Berlin feels almost offensive. It does not help that Martin's story is banal and predictable. The architectural trope is underdeveloped: Julia Ist is not Kagonada's Columbus. The social and political contexts remain unaddressed as well. In short, immature.