We can't stop the dancing chickens.

Stroszek is the second Werner Herzog film on the list I’ve now seen, and I’m starting to get an appreciation for the director’s method of work. He enjoys placing his actors in settings and situations, and letting the film play out naturally over the course of time. Where the films eventually lead him, it seems even he doesn’t know, and it makes for decent entertainment in following the journeys of the characters. Stroszek is a great example of this.

Stroszek is the story of Bruno, a low-class musician just released from prison. Disillusioned with the rough life of Germany, he and a couple of his friends hatch a plan to move to Wisconsin and seek a better life in America, the land of opportunity. It’s very quirky, in a macabre sort of way, and the later parts of the film are delightful in their depressing look at the characters. The lead, Bruno S. is known as a musician and performer, and he gets plenty of opportunities in the film to show this off. Indeed, music has a key role in the play-by-play of the film, both with Bruno’s musical aptitude and the weirdly appropriate soundtrack.

This is an oddball of a little film, one with an ending that will leave you scratching your head and wondering what you just watched, but in a good way. It’s a film that rewards a good viewing, as long as you’re open to a different film experience than what would be considered normal. All in all, I’m glad I watched this, as weird as it was, and I look forward to future endeavors with Mr. Herzog.

Arbitrary Rating: 7/10


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