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  • 2005
  • 1 hr 58 min
  • 7.1  (11,199)

Barfuss is a 2005 German romantic comedy-drama directed by and starring Til Schweiger. The film features Johanna Wokalek and Nadja Tiller in prominent roles. It tells the story of a young woman named Nicki, played by Wokalek, who has spent her entire life in a mental institution due to a traumatic childhood. One day, Nicki meets a wealthy businessman named Bruno, played by Schweiger, who is on the verge of losing everything in his life. Together, they embark on a journey that changes their lives forever.

The film begins with Bruno living his lavish lifestyle, but he is miserable and depressed. After losing his father's company due to his own mistakes and vices, he is on the verge of losing his inheritance and his mindset is that of a defeated man. On the other hand, Nicki's life is the complete opposite. She has spent her entire life in a mental institution, where she is treated poorly by the staff and isolated from the outer world.

One day, Bruno's mother forces him to perform community service at the mental institution where Nicki lives. Nicki is initially apprehensive, but later strikes a chord with Bruno when she mistakenly breaks his car window while playing with a soccer ball. As they interact more, Bruno finds himself drawn to Nicki's innocence, spontaneity, and zeal, which he has never encountered before.

As Bruno comes to the institution time and again, he learns about Nicki's traumatic childhood and the reasons behind her being institutionalized. He becomes increasingly involved in Nicki's life and eventually helps her escape from the institution, thereby changing her entire world. The two of them embark on a journey through the countryside, discovering the joys and pains of life, while simultaneously curing each other of their respective demons.

The relationship between Nicki and Bruno is the central focus of the film, and it is portrayed excellently by both actors. Wokalek's performance as Nicki is nuanced and empathetic, with her character's past traumas being explored with care and depth. Schweiger, on the other hand, gives an outstanding performance as Bruno, who starts as a cold and distant character, but gradually transforms into a compassionate and loving figure.

The film also has strong supporting performances, notable mention Nadja Tiller as a woman who hires Bruno in her roadside cafe. The supporting cast includes Michael Gwisdek and Steffen Groth as Bruno's associates, who act as both comic relief and add an extra layer of depth to the film.

Barfuss is a well-directed film, with a compatible tone and soundtrack, which blends in perfectly with the overall atmosphere of the film. The film offers a unique insight into the lives of people suffering from mental illness and the importance of human connection in overcoming emotional trauma. The movie poignantly features some of the most heartwarming and tender moments in any mainstream romantic comedy.

In conclusion, Barfuss is a heartfelt and sensitive movie that draws its viewers into a journey of self-discovery, compassion, and love. Its compelling storyline, excellent acting, and brilliant direction make it a must-watch for lovers of romance and drama films.

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    1 hr 58 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (11,199)