Synopsis: Bruno Stroszek is released from prison and warned to stop drinking. He has few skills and fewer expectations: with a glockenspiel and an accordion, he ekes out a living as a street musician. He befriends Eva, a prostitute down on her luck. After they are harried and beaten by the thugs who have been Eva's pimps, they join Bruno's neighbor, Scheitz, an elderly eccentric, when he leaves Germany to live in Wisconsin. In that winter bound, barren prairie, Bruno works as a mechanic, Eva as a waitress. They buy a trailer. Then, bills mount, the bank threatens to repossess the trailer, Eva wants privacy, and inexorably, the promise of a new life deserts Bruno.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Werner Herzog
Production: New Yorker Films
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

Did somebody say something?

Look how I'm crying.

Don't you care at all?

Got anything in the bank?

Why should I?

From your grandma, maybe?

I didn't know about it.

What do I care?

Your old man's loaded, isn't he?

Or maybe your grandma's

got something laid aside.

Where should I get it?

Steal it for all I care.

But you're gonna fork over ten grand.

Look how I'm crying. I don't

want to go, I want to stay with you.

- Cry more and piss less.

- I really want to stay with you.

You gotta say something, man.

What do you want me to say?

Man, come off it,

you can't pull this kind of shit.

Maybe not, but this time

it's gonna cost you ten grand.

And the next time

the price goes up to fifteen.

And if you start makin' trouble...

...I'll stick a blade in your ass

till it comes out your mouth, dig?

Eva, come on, sit down here.

It's all right, it's all right.

Everything's going to be all right.

Where've you been, Bruno?

On vacation.

Where am I going to go?

What am I going to do?

I've got a place.

Mr. Scheitz kept it for me.

You can sleep there.

I'm starting a new life today anyway.


Good, it still plays.

Now let's see what

my 'Black Friend' says...

One of these things here...

...a romance.

I made you some coffee.

Oh... This is my first coffee.

Maybe we could put something...

No sugar, no nothing...

...we could put something underneath.

Yeah, right.

We don't want any stains on it.

And now comes the question.

All my friends waited for me,

but this is my best friend... 'Black Friend'.

What's going to happen to my friend

when Bruno goes dead someday?

Where are these things and

these instruments going to end up?

What's going to become of them?

Someone must answer this for me.

Yeah, my grand piano

is a little worse for the wear.

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Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog (German: [ˈvɛɐ̯nɐ ˈhɛɐ̯tsoːk]; born 5 September 1942) is a German screenwriter, film director, author, actor, and opera director. Herzog is a figure of the New German Cinema, along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Margarethe von Trotta, Volker Schlöndorff, Werner Schröter, and Wim Wenders. Herzog's films often feature ambitious protagonists with impossible dreams, people with unique talents in obscure fields, or individuals who are in conflict with nature.French filmmaker François Truffaut once called Herzog "the most important film director alive." American film critic Roger Ebert said that Herzog "has never created a single film that is compromised, shameful, made for pragmatic reasons, or uninteresting. Even his failures are spectacular." He was named one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2009. more…

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