Niko is in his late 20s and recently dropped out of college. He lives for the moment, oblivious to his growing status as an outsider until one day he’s forced to confront the consequences of his inaction.
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AKA A Coffee in Berlin in the US.
Black-and-white: check. Slacker/flaneur Holden Caulfied-like protagonist confronting future and pasts iterations of himself during the course of a single day: check. Jazzy music: check. Conclusion: a prototypical American indie film influenced by the French New Wave and Allen/Jarmusch's tales, set in Berlin = (No) Coffee and cigarettes.
What starts out feeling very much like a slacker university film succeeds by the half way point in morphing into something both rich and deep. The wonderful bar scene with the old drunk adds another beautiful layer of depth but I felt like the film still needed stronger resolution. Tom Schilling's performance is subtlety likeable in his portrayal of a man perplexed by the ambiguous inconsistencies of life. 3 stars
A look to modern Berlin in black and white filter , a character lost in his post-teen absurdism. He's wandering around , meeting strange people and tangle with their lives. The movie is sweet , funny , pleasant but it also makes you think , it's a bittersweet feeling , the one that remains with you in the end. Just like the coffee , he finally drunk.
Although watching this movie partly felt like some sort of a weird deja vu with bits & pieces resembling various more brilliant movies from the past, I give this one decent 4/5 as the story, acting & environment has been captured so casually that I could easily relate it with myself & the society around me living & dealing with all kinds of irritations & emotions induced by the pace & needs of urban living.
Early Woody Allen, poetic black-and-white, low key, easy pace, amazingly stylish, a strong lead and an existencial crisis, all lead through a subtle thread of desiring a cup of coffee in the streets of Berlin.
"Do you know what it's like... to have the feeling that all the people around you are honestly kind of weird? But when you think it over, then it becomes clear that the problem is with yourself."
More than just another generic, tired, slacker/drifter film. It succeeds in all the ways FRANCES HA failed to paint a compelling portrait of millenial ennui. I think there are two main characters: Niko and Berlin itself, and the poetry of this stylish comedy stems from the interaction between the two. Beautifully shot, the movie reminded me of early Jarmusch, as well as the muted delights of life in Berlin.
Grayscale portrait of modern day Berlin, depicting the colorful misunderstandings of its adolescent junkies, independent quazi-artists and a tired 1940's generation. In the middle of it, an out-of-place story of an out-of-place character trying to catch up/fit in/have a cup of Joe. It's a pity, though, his story is rather sketchy and hardly provokes any serious discourse against the authors vision for German capital.