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

Release of Stroszek, Bruno.

Check the list:

One Jacket, one pair of pants,

a sweater, a shirt...

...a pair of socks,

one pair of high shoes.

One accordion, Scandalli brand.

Five packs of cigarettes... handkerchief.

One passport.

A key chain.

One bugle horn,

must be from a rail gang.



- What?

- Name.

You must've gotten out

of the wrong side of the bed.

You've known my name for

two and a half years.

Formalities, Bruno. They're stupid,

but we have to stick to them.

Stroszek, Bruno.

5'7", Eyes: Brown.

- Face:
Oval, no marks.

- Fine.

So, now for the formalities.

Here's your passport...

...and your money.

Count it, please.

One bugle horn.

One accordion.

Bugle horn and accordion,

all according to the rules.


Bruno's going to send a signal.

Because Bruno is now

entering freedom.

You can have my TV now, too.

Bruno, look,

I made the smallest ship.

I won, and I'm going

to give it to you.

The smallest ship in the world.

I'll take it home with me.

Listen, I got a going away

surprise for you, too.

First I got to light a flare.

It's a big surprise.

Watch out now...

Take care of yourself.

See you on the outside, okay?

I don't want to leave.

Good luck, Bruno.

I won't be seeing you any more...

...because I gotta

go back to Turkey.

Come a little closer, Bruno.

Well, the big day has come...

...the day of your release.

Moments like this make my

job worthwhile, because it's a job...

...that involves many

disappointments and much bitterness.

Before you leave our institution... return to a free life...

...I want to ask you a few questions.

First, where will you live?

I live at 5 Flotwell Street. My

neighbor kept my apartment for me.

And another thing, Bruno...

Do you still like the taste of beer?


I have a very, very

serious word to speak with you.

All of your crimes may be

attributed to the abuse of alcohol.

If the court finds you guilty

one more time of such a crime...

- Away with me.

- Bruno, be reasonable.

It started with the

reformatory and ended with the jail.

Away, away with me...

...into the shuttered seminaries.

You're perfectly right.

But if you don't stop... please listen.

- If you don't stop drinking...

- Who can stop?

The court will say it's habitual

and put you in security custody.

Away with him.

- Right.

- Out.

And now I'm going to give

you some... please look at me.

I'm going to give you

some good advice now. First...

...if you do go into a bar, order

a cup of coffee and a piece of pie.

Second, buy yourself some good

clothes, and keep your fly zipped.

Dress a little better,

just look at yourself.

We've done all we could to help you.

And wash your face, shave sometimes.

- And something else, Bruno...

- It goes in circles.

No it doesn't, because I'll make

sure you don't end up here again.

I want you to promise me that

you'll never touch another drop.

My great Hungarian word of honor.

Listen to me, before you

start going off on a tangent.

I want you never to

touch a drop of alcohol again...

...and secondly, that you

will never go into another bar.

My great Hungarian word of honor.

Mr. Striebeck, a beer.

Well, Bruno, back again?

Eva's here, too. Hello.

F*** off, creep.

You heard me!

Where do you get off

doin' his chick?

I didn't.

Man, I saw you with her.

You f***ed her.

So what?

- What? Did you pull out?

- No.

Then you're a weenie.

So what?

Because you bought her.

Bernd said you

were through with her.

F*** what Bernd says.

Don't drop me like this, Burkhardt.

Did you hear something?

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 sh*t.

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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