The 2012 German film A Coffee in Berlin tracks a day in the life of Niko Fischer, a law school dropout in Berlin. This day is no doubt similar to many other days over the past year or two of Niko’s life, as he struggles to find direction and purpose. On this particular day, he even struggles to find a cup of coffee. A Coffee in Berlin is funny, ironic, and melancholy, and in the end, hopeful. For coffee lovers, it validates the notion that sometimes all you need is a cup of coffee to make the world right again.
Movies, TV & Video
Love movies and TV? Love coffee too? These movies, TV shows, and videos provide special treats for coffee lovers. And remember, no coffee was harmed in the making of these films!
Original Sin is a 2001 thriller (usually described as an “erotic” thriller) starring Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie in a tale of love, deception, murder — and coffee. For coffee aficionados, it’s a plus that in this version of the story Luis owns a coffee plantation and a coffee export business. And it’s an especially nice touch that several plot turns, including the climax, are marked by Luis drinking cups of coffee, shot in close-up. Can a cup of coffee change your day? How about your life?
Coffee and Cigarettes, a 2003 movie written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, is a compilation of eleven vignettes shot in black and white, in which two or three people have conversations over coffee and cigarettes. The scenes feature actors and musicians, usually playing themselves, but in fictional scripted (or sometimes improvised) encounters. The vignettes are often humorous, sometimes sad, often ironic, and sometimes profound. The cast is extraordinary: it’s a real treat to see these performers, many of whom are well known, struggle to connect with another person as we all do.
Do you worry that you drink too much coffee or consume too much caffeine? Coffee actually has lots of health benefits, but like anything else, moderation is best. You wouldn’t want to end up in “coffee rehab” like the hero of “Java Junkie,” would you? This great short comedy, a cautionary tale about a coffee-swilling “java junkie,” premiered on “Saturday Night Live” in December 1979 and became a cult classic. The film stars Peter Aykroyd as Joe, a regular guy who’s down on his luck and tries to drown his sorrows in coffee.