A Coffee in Berlin
A Coffee in Berlin (2014)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 13, 2014
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2014
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Amiably slight, A Coffee in Berlin compensates for its lack of narrative drive with a sure-handed screenplay and echoes of early Woody Allen.

Martin Tsai
Los Angeles Times

In spite of its insufferably whimsical tendencies - exemplified by its original title, "Oh Boy" - the film may have turned out to be a deeply profound modern postscript about fascism.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The cheerful Dixieland soundtrack implies "A Coffee in Berlin" is a comedy, but the story line smears the screen with melancholy.

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John Fink
The Film Stage

Calm, cool and collected, [it's] a black and white German indie thats as much French New Wave as it is early Richard Linklater.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Niko's problem is not just that he's spoiled and lazy, but that he's a wimp about it. He only maintains viewer sympathy because everyone else in the film is so obnoxious.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

As sure of itself visually in its black-and-white evocations of Berlin as its protagonist is unsure of himself and his future.

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Harvey S. Karten

A charming slacker promenades about Berlin streets.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

It manages to make an entertaining story out of nothing in particular. And just when you get comfortable passively observing a passive observer, the minutest of twists becomes its own call to action.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

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.

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Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse

A slight slacker comedy derivative of American indies but made by a youth-friendly German director of talent.

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Carlos Magalhães
Visibly influenced by Woody Allen, not only in its black and white but also in the downbeat mood, the jazz score and mainly the deliciously wry humor,… More