Schultze Gets the Blues
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Schultze is a simple salt mineworker, who has spent his entire life near the review Saale in the former East German state of Saxon-Anhalt. He rides his rickety bicycle across the serenade landscape to and from the mines. He drinks beer in the local pub, fishes off a pier with his workmates Jurgen and Manfred, and watches them nearly come to blows over a chess game. For Schultze, that's really all the spice he needs. When he and his buddies are suddenly laid off at the mine and forced into retirement ten years too early, not even the polka music Schultze has played on the accordion since he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"He does, but you probably won't, especially from watching this movie."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"A film with two opposite interpretations to its title -- figuratively sad, literally joyful."
‑ Russ Breimeier, Christianity Today
"Writer-director Michael Schorr's story moves with remarkable sloth."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Krause, a natural physical comic, lights up with endearingly childish glee as he joyously samples his new life."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Those who are patient enough to stick it out will be charmed."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Like a lazy summer day in the Big Easy, the movie sneaks up on you."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A delightful oddball German comedy about a retired mine worker's musical quest."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It's a bit of a surprise when the film ends and you realize that you've been touched in unanticipated ways by Schultze's solitary quest."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"An uncommonly good-natured and simple film, bearing no malice, holding no agenda, desiring no undue attention."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"The film's sparseness has an off-putting effect on the viewer. Schultze, the character, remains more an idea or concept than a fleshed-out human being."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Schorr's award-winning film may be a bit on the slight side to some tastes, but it's a journey well worth taking."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Like the films of Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismäki, Schultze Gets the Blues uses dry humor to extract laughs out of mundane situations."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"...some predictable tearjerking that is only half-successful."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"When his friends send him off to America to his town's sister city of New Braunfels for Wurstfest, Schultze begins to spiral out of control."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"Though it sometimes seems nothing much is happening in Schultze Gets the Blues, watching it happen to the deadpan Schultze is surprisingly enjoyable."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
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