Goodbye Berlin

Screening on 12/10/18

Germany 2016
Dir: Fatih Akin
Starring: Tristan Göbel, Anand Batbileg, Nicole Mercedes Müller
Cert TBC
89 mins

Maik is a shy, nerdy 14-year-old boy, his father a wealthy callous businessman and his mother an alcoholic. He is a loner, but fantasises on glamorous, unapproachable classmate, Tatjana. Enter Tschick, an Eastern European migrant with weird hair, who obviously doesn’t give two hoots about whether he fits in or not! Home alone at the start of the summer holidays, his mother being in rehab, his father being away with his latest girlfriend, Maik does not put up much resistance when Tschick turns up in a “borrowed” car and suggests they go for a joy-ride. There follows a delightfully strange and exuberant road trip through the countryside of eastern Germany, involving many odd encounters. Tschick is reckless, annoying, but likeable for all that, and he manages to bring Maik out of his shell. The trip is fraught with danger, but is nevertheless the experience of a lifetime. Lovely performances. Great fun!

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