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May 31, 2006

Stroszek

The American dream gone sour. It tells the story a misfit German man who comes backs to normal life after a long stint in prison, his girl friend for the time and their old neighbor - all three of them immigrate to the United States in search of a better life. The better life they were looking forward to was supposed to unravel at a fictious sleepy backwater called Railroad Flats in Wisconsin.

The movie is eerie and very real in the sense that most of the actors were not really actors, most of them played the characters with their real life names in the movie and the story of the main character in the film is entwined with the real life story of the man who played the character - Bruno.S. Even the piano, whom Bruno.S calls his only friend is really his one and only piano in real life. The town of Railroad Flats, WI, although fictious closely resembles one of the towns the director, Werner Hertzog, was attracted to in the US mid-west in the first place. A dark comedy of human lives.

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