EUFF13 Review: Oh Boy (2012)
Take Woody Allen’s ode to Manhattan, shake it up with Martin Scorsese’s satirical After Hours, season with a dash of sauerkraut and you’ve got Oh Boy, a delightful German dramedy from Director Jan Ole Gerster, enjoying its Toronto Premiere at the European Union Film Festival.
This funny yet tender story of a “slacker” having the worst (and best) 24 hours of his life is an unusual “homage” to the city of Berlin, photographed in beautiful B&W, with a comfortable jazz score that goes down like the warm cup of coffee that our hero tries, but is never able, to drink. Everything goes wrong for the college dropout Niko (Tom Schilling), from a debit card eating ATM, to a failed run in with a sadistic psychologist. It all comes to a head in a tone changing conversation with an aged alcoholic, forcing our affable hero to face some inner demons. Gerster’s breezy yet surefooted feature debut is definitely worth a look.
Oh Boy screens on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 6:30PM. To reserve your space for this free screening, visit the European Union Film Festival Toronto website.
Images from Oh Boy