Oh Boy review

Black comedy, no sugar...

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Frances Herr would be a good title for this black-and-white indie, focusing as it does on a twentysomething Berliner (Tom Schilling) every bit as aimless and unmotivated as Greta Gerwig’s Big Apple ditz.

Yet Jan Ole Gerster’s deceptively slender character study has a complex undertow, subtly linking its wallflower anti-hero’s acceptance of his failings with his country’s wider atonement for its World War II past.

Set over the course of a single day, the film sees the numbly passive Niko encounter a lively cross-section of Teutonic oddballs in his amusing pursuit of an elusive cup of coffee. Worth seeking out.

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Neil Smith is a freelance film critic who has written for several publications, including Total Film. His bylines can be found at the BBC, Film 4 Independent, Uncut Magazine, SFX Magazine, Heat Magazine, Popcorn, and more.