If you loved Frances Ha, you will undoubtedly love A Coffee in Berlin. If you read the blog regularly, you’ll know that am very high on Frances Ha.

Tom Schilling is every bit as personable as Greta Gerwig, and Berlin looks just as appealing in black and white as New York.

Schilling plays Niko Fischer, a young man who can’t quite find himself – his apartment is as unsettled as his life – and a visit with his father on the golf course helps explain why.

There are competing emotional tones in the film just as there are in life, and Tom Schilling executes the changes adeptly while drawing us into his world and onto his side. His Niko has an expression that is simultaneously open and guarded, transparent and complex.

See for yourself. It’s a face that was meant for cinema.

A Coffee in Berlin


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