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Rated PG · 109 minutes · 2005

This minimalist comedy about a most unlikely transformation will strike some as droll, others as slooooow and tedious. As wide as he is tall, with a round and unremarkable face, Schultze doesn't look like a rebel. But when the salt mine where he works suddenly lays everybody off, the mid-fiftyish bachelor has unexpected time on his hands. He putters around his garden, goes to the pub with friends, visits his mother in a nursing home, and plays stodgy polkas on his accordion, but he feels adrift -- until one evening he hears a zydeco band on the radio. The tune grows into a quiet obsession, and he travels to Louisiana. Speaking no real English, he just follows the sound of the music. Reminiscent of Aki Kaurismäki's absurdist comedy The Man Without a Past, but not half as engaging, Schultze has a spare style, deliberately slow pace, and so little dialogue that to say it's in German with English subtitles seems to be stretching the truth.
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Director: Michael Schorr
Writer: Michael Schorr
Producer: Jens Korner and Oliver Niemeier
Cast: Horst Krause, Harald Warmbrunn, Karl-Heinz Muller, Ursula Schucht, Hannelore Schubert, Wolfgang Boos, Leo Fischer, Loni Frank, Elke Rummler and Rosemarie Deibel

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