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Schultze Gets the Blues

Critics have used words like “deadpan” and “Keaton-esque” to describe this 2003 debut feature by German filmmaker Michael Schorr, and fans of Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismaki will probably eat it up. But aside from a couple of patently kooky moments, the humor is so subdued it registers more as a loving wistfulness. A bearish mine worker (Horst Krause) retires to a life of solitary quiet in the former East Germany, but after happening upon a zydeco tune on the radio he hears the call of the bayou. Eventually he's selected to represent his city at a music festival in Texas, and, accordion in hand, he heads off to become a stranger in a strange land. Krause is completely believable as the solid old man, and though the story moves slower than molasses, it leaves the same dark aftertaste. In English and subtitled German. PG, 114 min.


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