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.