OH BOY

By Jan Ole GERSTER

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Comedy - Completed 2012

Niko lives for the moment, oblivious to his growing status as an outsider until one day he’s forced to confront the consequences of his inaction. His father cuts off his allowance, a psychiatrist confirms his “emotional imbalance”. But all Niko wants is a cup of coffee.

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Comedy, Drama
    • Countries
    • GERMANY
    • Languages
    • GERMAN
    • Duration
    • 85 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Jan Ole GERSTER
    • Writer(s)
    • Jan Ole GERSTER
    • Producer(s)
    • Marcos KANTIS (Schiwago Film), Alexander WADOUH (Chromosom Filmproduktion)
    • Synopsis
    • Niko is in his late 20's and recently dropped out of college. He lives for the moment, drifting sleeplessly through the streets of Berlin, marvelling at the people around him. With a quiet curiosity, he observes how they cope with everyday life while failing to notice how he himself is becoming an outsider. But, one day, everything changes, and Niko’s forced to confront the consequences of his inaction. His girlfriend ends their relationship, his father cuts off his allowance and a psychiatrist diagnoses him with an 'emotional imbalance'. Meanwhile a peculiar beauty from his past confronts him with the emotional wounds he inflicted, his new neighbour - accompanied by meatballs and Schnapps - pours his heart out and, throughout the city, there doesn’t seem to be a single cup of ‘normal’ coffee available.
      “Do you know the feeling when people around you seem to behave strangely? And the longer you think about it, the more it dawns on you that it's not other people who are strange, but yourself?” Niko’s epiphany, however, is immediately, abruptly interrupted when he’s forced to stand up to a rowdy gang of teenagers, and a night-time encounter with an old man not only personifies his own loneliness but also demonstrates how the city’s history continues to assert itself.
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