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  • Summary: Niko (Tom Schilling) lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to his growing status as an outsider. Then on one fateful day, through a series of absurdly amusing encounters, everything changes: his girlfriend rebuffs him, his father cuts off his allowance, and a strange psychiatrist dubiously confirms his 'emotional imbalance'. Meanwhile, a former classmate insists she bears no hard feelings toward him for his grade-school taunts when she was “Roly Poly Julia,” but it becomes increasingly apparent that she has unfinished business with him. Unable to ignore the consequences of his passivity any longer, Niko finally concludes that he has to engage with life. [Music Box Films] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Jun 13, 2014
    88
    What is truly delightful about the film is its loopy, gently slapstick sense of humor, its use of continuous running gags that pay off cumulatively (no small feat), and the dreamy sense that Schilling's somnambulism is pierced through only by the insane incomprehensible behavior of others.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jun 16, 2014
    80
    This day-in-the-life indie says something profound about an entire generation simply by watching a feckless young man try to figure it out.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jul 11, 2014
    75
    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. It urges the audience to consider this small story in a broader context.
  4. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jan 21, 2014
    70
    A delightfully unforced comedy with a sure grasp of character and setting.
  5. Reviewed by: Danny King
    Jun 10, 2014
    60
    Gerster and Schilling are more successful when they allow Niko's behavior to be their main subject.
  6. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Jan 21, 2014
    60
    It’s all rather charming, though, since leading man Schilling remains affable while never underselling this kindly yet feckless dropout’s sheer spinelessness.
  7. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jun 12, 2014
    25
    A tedious exercise in tedium.

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