After being released from prison, Berlin street musician Bruno Stroszek (Bruno S.) finds himself lost in a world where he simply doesn't belong. So along with his prostitute girlfriend (Eva Mattes) and an eccentric neighbor (Clemens Scheitz), Stroszek moves to America, where he's told, everyone is rich. It doesn't take long, however, after moving into a mobile home and taking a job as a mechanic, for Stroszek to realize that the streets of Railroad Flats, Wisconsin aren't paved with gold.
I love a good road movie and this one surpassed all expectations taking us from the slum district of Berlin and winding up in Wisconsin searching for that American dream, this is definitely my type of movie and so good i watched it twice the second time with Herzog’s wonderful audio commentary.Both where equally fascinating from its array of real life characters that include real Berlin street gangster’s ,pimps, pro’s and even an old actor who Herzog was warned about that had/was going insane, and then we have probably the most fascinating character/actor i ever seen on screen the wonderful Bruno S star of Herzog’s brilliant Kasper Hauser, it is more of the same from Bruno but every time he appears on screen it just becomes so mesmerising to watch on what his reactions are going to be.Although the film gets pretty bleak at times it still manages to throw in a decent amount of humour and absurdity but for me its brilliance lies in its uber realistic performances and believable character portrayals, it was also pretty heartbreaking listening to Herzog telling Bruno S fascinating but very sad backstory. 8+/10
This beautifully made film is performed with a large, patient tolerance of human nature. The gentle central character is a kind of holy fool, who still finds ways to live in a seedy, difficult world. The story of his optimism unrolls with calm inevitability into an ambiguous final moment. Enchantingly grim.