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Berlin Blues (2003)

Herr Lehmann (original title)
In October 1989, the part of the West Berlin borough of Kreuzberg called SO 36, had been largely shut off by the Wall from the rest of the city for 28 years. A lethargic sub-culture of ... See full summary »

Director:

Leander Haußmann

Writers:

Sven Regener (novel), Sven Regener (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Ulmen ... Herr Lehmann
Detlev Buck ... Karl
Katja Danowski Katja Danowski ... Katrin
Janek Rieke ... Kristall-Rainer
Annika Kuhl Annika Kuhl ... Heidi
Hartmut Lange Hartmut Lange ... Erwin
Martin Olbertz Martin Olbertz ... Marco
Uwe Dag Berlin Uwe Dag Berlin ... Jürgen (as Uwe-Dag Berlin)
Michael Beck Michael Beck ... Klaus
Michael Gwisdek ... Der Trinker
Stephan Baumecker ... Kiffer
Tim Fischer Tim Fischer ... Sylvio
Karsten Speck Karsten Speck ... Die Lederuschi
Margit Bendokat ... Mutter Lehmann
Johann Adam Oest ... Vater Lehmann (as Adam Oest)
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Storyline

In October 1989, the part of the West Berlin borough of Kreuzberg called SO 36, had been largely shut off by the Wall from the rest of the city for 28 years. A lethargic sub-culture of students, artists, bohemians and barflys had flourished among crumbling buildings. Part of that microcosm is barkeeper Frank, semi-formally called 'Herr Lehmann' by friends and patrons. He hangs out drinking, sports utter disregard for anything beyond SO 36 and lazily pursues an affair with cook Katrin. His lifestyle is gradually disturbed, when his parents show up for a visit, things go awry with Katrin and his best friend Karl starts to act strange. Meanwhile, political turmoil mounts on the other side of the Wall. Written by Armin Ortmann {armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de}

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Bis denn, dann...

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Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

Official Site [Germany]

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

2 October 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Berlin Blues See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,143,889
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Company Credits

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Boje Buck Produktion See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

André Schneider was considered for the role that finally went to Tim Fischer. See more »

Goofs

When Herr Lehmann and Karl are at the doctor's Karl is wearing something like suspenders under his shirt. In one shot they're shifted, in another back in place and again shifted in another shot. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening titles are projected on the bodies of guests to the pub where Lehmann works. See more »

Connections

Followed by Der kleine Bruder See more »

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The HIV Song
Written and performed by Ween
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Seriously funny
16 September 2013 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

There are two different words in the German language that translate into the word "you" in English. One of them is a formal word, that is being used when you refer/talk to someone you don't know that well or as a form of respect. The other is being used by friends. The former mostly is connected to you referring to the other person as Mister (Lehmann). And this is where one of the jokes of the movie lies. The use of that word and something might be impossible to translate (I have no idea how one would try to).

That might have been a lengthy explanation to a simple joke, but hopefully it also made clear, how the humor of the movie works. And a former VJ (MTV) is in the center of it all. Watching him take his first steps into "major" acting and succeeding is more than satisfying.


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