A Coffee in Berlin

Rated NR 88 minutes 2014

Lightly likable German indie-flavored romp follows the misadventures of Niko (Tom Schilling), slacker supreme, as he slips and slides his way through a particularly bad day in the title city. Among the antagonists he meets are a former classmate with a chip on her shoulder (Friederike Kempter), a girlfriend he blows off (Katharina Schüttler), and his own fed-up father (Ulrich Noethen). The running gag is that work-dodging Niko can never quite come up with the purchase price of a cup of coffee. Writer-director Jan Ole Gerster follows familiar American/European templates in drawing Niko and his fellow Berliners, with a Woody Allen-ish vintage jazz soundtrack thrown in for good measure. It’s a satisfying combo, but you’ll forget it in a day (88 min.).

Film Credits

Director: Jan Gerster

Producer: Marcos Kantis, Birgit Kämper, Martin Lehwald and Jörg Himstedt

Cast: Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Justus von Dohnányi, Marc Hosemann, Friederike Kempter, Arnd Klawitter, Andreas Schröders and Katharina Hauck

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