Horst Krause makes a highly relatable character at the end of his working life and at a loss for what comes next. Some have called it bleak and melancholic, but it manages to stay humorous and heart warming in moments as well. A genuine portrait of the simple pleasures in a finite life.
Occasionally you watch a film that reaffirms why cinema is such a gift - it's ability to articulate the nuances of human emotion. Schultze Gets The Blues has it in spades; exploring our capacity for empathy and above all our need for human connection - a warm reminder that our differences are marginal compared to our similarities.
This laconic and melancholic portrait of a retired miner who - living in a very conservative social environment - discovers a new music style is one of my favorite German films of the last decades. Schorr's cinematic work is beautiful: nearly always using static shots, often contrasting with each other by the way of their sound design - and returning to the opening frame with his last (slightly differing) shot.
Dull! Long sequences of not very much happening interspersed with sequences with absolutely nothing happening - bin stores, garage doors, garbage cans on a driveway. Might have been interesting when Schultze (predictably) gets to America, but I lost the will to continue through an hour of the man's mundane existence.
What a great movie. A lovely story, and some beautiful shots. Very human. It didn't pan out the way I had expected, it was none the worse for that though. I thought it was very authentic, I lived in Germany for a few years and this took me back. Schultze reminds me of my ex-father-in-law, which added to the amusement/engagement factor for me. Recommended.