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A Coffee in Berlin
Jan Ole Gerster's wry and vibrant feature debut A Coffee in Berlin, which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. Niko lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to his growing status as an outsider. Then on one fateful day, through a series of absurdly amusing encounters, everything changes: his girlfriend rebuffs him, his father cuts off his allowance, and a strange psychiatrist dubiously confirms his 'emotional… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The cheerful Dixieland soundtrack implies "A Coffee in Berlin" is a comedy, but the story line smears the screen with melancholy."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Director Jan Ole Gerster lacks the confidence to set his main character genuinely adrift, instead caging him in scenes of cloying seriocomedy."
‑ Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly
"Lightly likable German indie-flavored romp."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Despite Schilling's dutiful effort to embody a man who's trying to slip out of view, A Coffee in Berlin runs out of inspiration, and even the Woody Allen adoration isn't enough to bring it back to life."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"Berlin is gorgeously shot in black and white and scored with loose, atmospheric jazz as Niko wanders from one seemingly unrelated event to another."
‑ Travis M. Andrews, Paste Magazine
"As sure of itself visually in its black-and-white evocations of Berlin as its protagonist is unsure of himself and his future."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"There's a muted absurdist thread running through A Coffee in Berlin, and while Niko's quest for the titular brew devolves into a series of whimsical frustrations, the filmmaker's motives are more serious."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Its low-key, easy pace and refusal to put extra emphasis on anything gives the real emotions more power when they do arrive."
‑ Jeff Baker, Oregonian
"The film's finale is so strong, it almost convinces you you've seen a better film than you actually have."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"He's not nearly young Werther: just a young ditherer."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"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."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Writer-director Jan Ole Gerster employs a loose, episodic structure that feels closer in spirit to TV comedy than feature filmmaking; though often funny, the movie never feels like more than the sum of its parts."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Germany gets an updated look at the debris of its newest generation in terms of character, content, and concrete."
‑ John Esther, UR Chicago Magazine
"A Coffee in Berlin is only a good film, but it does have a very good ending."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The [film] consistently reaches for some higher meaning, even managing to inject an unearned bit of pathos into the final reel, offering up slight but pleasant returns."
‑ Mark Zhuravsky, The Playlist
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