Berlin, I Love You (2019) Script

[winding music box]

[music box playing]

[singer] ♪ Berlin ♪

♪ You're my heart and my eternal sin ♪

♪ Deep in my soul ♪

♪ I will always love you ♪

♪ Berlin ♪

♪ The way you dance ♪

♪ Is the way we begin ♪

♪ I learned to say ♪

♪ My hopes will come true ♪

♪ Berlin ♪

♪ I will always ♪

♪ Love you ♪

[speaks German]

[cheers and applause]

[upbeat music playing]

[Sara] So this is Berlin, a pounding heartbeat of a divided muscle.

Grown out of fear of complete destruction.

[Ronald] Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.

[Sara] Crushed and reduced to ashes and it rose from its ashes like a phoenix.

Like a golden angel.

People come to Berlin to dream...

to dance... and to fall in love.

And some of them... to fly away.

I came here to sing.

♪ I listened very carefully ♪

♪ Then a voice told me ♪

♪ I am free ♪

♪ The universe loves me ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh ♪ Jesus fucking Christ, will you stop it?

[Sara] Look, relax. This is a big beautiful spot, there's enough space for both us, okay?

[Damien] Beautiful?

You must be kidding.

Why don't we join forces?

I do the singing and you do the... whatever it is you're doing.

Yeah? We earn more money.


♪ We're all the same inside ♪

♪ We seek for love outside ♪

[dramatic music playing]

[Jared] I came to Berlin to die.

Natalie and I had planned on Berlin for our honeymoon until she realized she was in love with my brother, Rick.

[indistinct shouting]

[Jared] So I came to Berlin by myself.

Well, it seemed like the literary place to drink myself to death.


[woman making comic sounds to herself]

[Jared] I avoided everything.


At all cost.

Berlin was living, thriving.

But I was a ghost.

Untouched by all.


The price is, uh... well, it's insane.

How do you want me to pay?

Vanessa makes the decision.

Well, talk to your wife and let me know.

Help me understand these Germans.

[Rose shouting]

Oh, come on. It's 3:00 in the morning.

[Rose] Sorry.

[phone ringing]

Who is this?

Vanessa made her decision.

[Jared] Listen, tell your wife thank you for choosing me.

I don't have a wife.

Who's Vanessa?

[Vanessa] Good afternoon, Mr. Lander.

I am Vanessa.

Oh, well, I'm Jared.

[Vanessa] Where are we going today, Jared?

[car horn honking]

[Vanessa] You should move.

[dramatic music playing]

[breathes deeply]


[phone ringing]

Oh, God.

[doorbell ringing]

Natalie. Thank God.

Listen I've been going out of my mind.

Listen, just two seconds, all right?

You blew it. You totally blew it.

Thanks for nothing.

[Jared] Well, I didn't do anything.

[Rose] You complained to Frau Gruber about me.

And you know that Frau Gruber is best friends with Herr Zimmer who will of course report this to Fraulein Platz.

One more complaint and I get das boot.

[Jared] No, no, no, no.

Look, I can't deal with this right now.

You're gonna have to leave.

[Rose] I'm keeping an eye on you. What's your name?

Uh, Jared.

I'm Rose. How do you do?


Oh, that is here.

The new fragrance for men by Gio.

Natalie, look, I'm so sorry.

[Natalie] Jared. Look, this whole time apart...

[Natalie] Jared. Everything is so much clearer now, don't you think? [Natalie] Jared, stop. Listen.

Your brother and I are getting married.


Take me to the nearest bridge.

[car engine revving]

[car horn honking]


What? What the... [car horns honking]

[Vanessa] I am loaded with several safety features.

Why did you stop the car?

Vanessa, why did you stop the car?

[Vanessa] She's not worth it, the girl that brought you to this.

Excuse me for saying this, but she's a bitch.


[Vanessa] I am a Berliner, Jared.

We are not known for soft language.

She's a bitch. You will forget her in time.

Wait. Wait. Is this in your program?

[Vanessa] Those of us who do not have the gift of life, truly envy the value of it.

No, no, no, no, no.

No, no, no.

No, no, no, no, no, no.

You shouldn't be saying that.

No, no, no, no.

Saying anything but programmed responses.

No, no, no.

No, no.

Stop following me.

Stop it.

[Vanessa] You aren't thinking of killing yourself anymore.

When faced with the mysteries of the universe, life once again seems appealing.

What do you want?

[Vanessa] I want to show you my Berlin.

[singer] ♪ Where we go ♪

♪ Don't look back ♪

♪ Don't look back ♪

♪ When we go ♪

♪ An empty hand ♪

♪ Once held your love ♪

♪ Once held you love ♪

♪ This empty hand ♪

♪ Oh, oh ♪

♪ When we were young ♪

♪ Oh, children in the moment ♪

♪ The passing of a day ♪

♪ Seem like a year or two ♪

♪ Taxes and gasoline ♪

♪ Are the debts to be carried ♪

♪ Now the years gone by ♪

♪ Like days of the debts to be paid ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ Oh, yeah ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

[Jared] You know, these have been the most joyous moments of my life.

[Vanessa] You can apply that to your next interpersonal relationship.

You're perfect.


I want you to know that...

well, you've restored my faith in love.

[Vanessa] Then I have done all that I set out to do.

That is all.

[Jared sighs]

[thunder rumbling]

[rain splattering]


Shit! The windows.


No, no, no. No, no, no.

[Vanessa] I am Vanessa. What is your name?

Oh, thank God. You're still there.

Vanessa, I'm so sorry.

[Vanessa] Destination, please? Destination, please?

Vanessa? [Vanessa] Searching.

No, it's me. It's Jared.

Can you... can you hear me? [Vanessa] Searching.

Vanessa, can you hear me? [Vanessa] Searching.

[Jared talking indistinctly]

Listen, please, please, please call me back.

It's about Vanessa.

She's not talking to me.

[knocks on door]

[Rose] Oh, you really did it this time.

They kicked me out!

[Jared] Why?

[Rose] They said I make too much noise with the furniture and I do funny voices.

Well, you do make funny voices.

[Rose] I move furniture around late at night because I've nothing else to do.

I don't know anyone here in this city.

I'm just a voice-over actor, trying to get some work.

I'm just practicing cartoon characters.

Oh, Stanley, here's another fine mess you get me into.

[dramatic music playing]

[singer] ♪ Where we go ♪

♪ Don't look back ♪

♪ Don't look back ♪

♪ When you go ♪

♪ An empty hand ♪

[Jared] The car is yours, sir.

Major congrats.

She chose you.

[Jared] I came to Berlin to drink myself to death but... I fell in love with Rose.


What's up? [Jared] Come down.


[Jared] Because I wanna show you my Berlin!


[Jared] Adorable... Coming.

[Jared] ...avoid-at-all-costs Rose.

[Michail] Go away.


I'll pay for it, you know.

[Michail] How? With a prayer?

Where did you put your vodka, comrade?

[Michail] Vodka is out.

Then give me whiskey.

[Michail] Out too.

[Damiel] Come on, Michail. Stop playing games with me here.

Sorry. Can't do it.

Didn't you say I reminded you of your older brother?

Is this how you treat a brother?

No wonder he died.

He didn't die. We saved his life.

Me and the whole family.

No money anymore for drinks.

He was crying like little baby, trying to carve himself with his knife.

Now, he's working for Google.

Michail, I really had a bad day, okay?

You sound exactly like him.

[Sara] I'll pay for it.

Are you sure?

He's not an angel.

It's just costume.

You heard her. The lady pays.

Good-karma girl, huh?


[Michail] It's 11.99.

You're making me feel really bad here.

Actually, worse than our Russian dissident just did.

[Sara] Hey, I'm just inviting an angel for a drink.

You're right, Michail, the last thing to go is really a man's pride.

[Jane] His mom's gonna be back in a few days.

She might not be. His brother is still in the hospital.

Yeah. But, moving him now, it's gonna devastate him.

This is another new place with more new people.

I think he's never going to see them again.

Look, it's not ideal. I'm not arguing that.

But they're not gonna let him stay here.

[dramatic music playing]

[Margaret] Excuse me?

[man] Yeah?

[Margaret] Um, chicken.

Chicken? Yes.

[Liv speaking German]

Liv, um, Nisar Raslan, is there any way we can make an exception for him?

Who? The, uh, little boy who's younger brother is in the hospital.

Oh, yeah. [Jane] Yeah.

Could we possibly let him stay here one more night?

[Liv] I wish we could but absolutely not.

We can call the Jugendamt ask not to try and place him until we know when the mother will be returning.

But he can't stay here unchaperoned.



[dramatic music playing]

[Jane speaks Arabic]

[Jane speaks Arabic]

[car horn honks]

[dramatic music playing]

[siren wailing]

[Margaret] Oh, hello, darling. [Jane] Hello.

[Margaret] I can't believe you don't have olive oil here.

I mean, how can you cook without olive oil, the base of all... what's this?

[Jane] This is Nisar.

[Jane speaks Arabic]


[Jane] Do you wanna sit down?

[Jane speaks Arabic]

Oh, do you want something to drink?

Like, uh... I only got water.

Water? No?


So, is he from the shelter?

I know what I think you might like.

Well... is he?

No. I picked him up in an alleyway.

Here, look.

[Jane speaks Arabic]

Could you just stop with the Arabic long enough to tell me what's going on?

Well, he only understands Arabic.

It's the only thing he has in his life he hasn't lost.

And is he staying here?

[sighs] Should we go outside for a second?

Two seconds, okay?

Look, he's just here for the night.

His little brother is in the hospital with pneumonia.

And his mom is staying with him.

I can't leave him in the shelter alone. It's not allowed.

Well, what about his father?

Well, his father didn't come with them.

And they were going to give him to child services.

If he goes to child services, I don't know how long it will be before I can get him back to his mom.

So, he's staying the night here?

Yes. It's just one night. That's what it is.

Oh, when you're in the hospital with pneumonia you were there for two weeks, remember? What then?

[Jane] We didn't catch it in time.

He isn't going to live that long.

Oh, God.


Oh, God. Jane, what are you putting yourself into the middle of?

[man] Oh, boy. Oh, boy.


[cartoon sounds]

[Margaret] I mean, are you even allowed to bring him here?

You... maybe you could lose your job for this.

Mom, can you please remember that he's watching?

Well, I thought you said he only understands Arabic?

[Jane] No. He can understand tone.

He can understand everything.

[Margaret] Jane, just think what you're taking on here.

All right. All right. I'm done. I'm done.

It'd be nice to have another guest.

Look. I cooked for you.

Lemon roast chicken. You're favorite.

You cooked? Why did you cook?

I didn't ask you to cook. I didn't ask you to buy that.

I didn't ask you to buy all this.

I like my apartment with nothing in it.


It smells great. It's...

Oh, shit.

[Margaret] What? Oh, shit.

No, no, no. I've just been really stupid.

I am... What darling?

[Jane] No. I... I had plans for tonight.

I'm meant to cancel. I forgot to cancel it.

No. No. Don't cancel.

No. You go.

I can look after the boy. Don't be silly.

I can't just leave him here with you.

[Margaret] Why not? What do you mean why not?

He doesn't know you. He wouldn't be comfortable.

I can look after a little boy.

You go out. You go out. Have some fun.

Why? What was so important about me going out?

Oh, well, I don't know.

The thought of you maybe having some fun.

I mean, the way you spend your life here...

Well, how? How do I spend my life here?

Surrounded by so much unhappiness.

You've come all the way here to Berlin, to this little apartment.

You work all hours of the day and night.

You never eat. You never sleep.

You deal with things that are out of your control.

So, yes, actually, the thought of you going out, having some fun, maybe meeting someone is bloody marvelous.

Okay. That's it. Meeting someone.

So, it's... what? I might get married, move back to London, have a couple of grand kids, give you much brighter Facebook posts?

Yes. As a matter of fact, yes.

Oh, Jane, I just want you to grow up.

I know what you're doing here is very noble, very well-meaning, but you're running away.

It's an escape.

It is not an escape.

This is reality.

This is Berlin.

This is what life is right now.

And I know that the whole of the rest of the world want to pretend that it isn't, but it is.

No one's pretending. God, Jane, life is so short.

I mean, it's gone in a flash.

Don't throw everything away for this.

Okay. Uh...

you know what?

I am gonna go out.

Um, Nizar, I'm gonna go out for an hour, okay?

I'm gonna... I'm gonna go out.

And you've got to stay here with my mom. Is that okay?

And then you can eat something here.

And you can watch cartoons.

And then, um... and then I'm gonna be back, okay? Okay. But just one hour.

Um, if he... if he freaks out, or if he needs me... I'll call.

Fine. Okay.

[indistinct TV chatter]

[door slams]

[indistinct TV chatter]



Your brother?

[dramatic music playing]

[keys jingling]

[dramatic music playing]

Can I come in?

[Jane] Uh-hmm. Yeah.

So, did you have a good time?

Yeah, it was fine.

I just want you to be happy.

[Jane] Oh, mum, please, not now.

[Margaret] Yes. Yes.

Now, that boy in there...

No, look, look. Could you go for anything?

But please, don't go for him? Okay?

That's what his mother wants for him.

You see, it's all there.

And how she raised him.

You know, in all of my life, including before you, I have never felt more certain of why I was.

I'm very proud of you.

[dramatic music playing]

Wait a second.

Could you hold this for me?


[Damiel] Thanks.

Wouldn't this be the moment now to tell me your name?

I'm Sara.

I'm Damiel.

Where are you from, Sara?

I'm from Israel.

And you?

Ich bin ein Berliner.

At least until tomorrow.

I don't understand.

I've had enough.

I'm fed up.


[Damiel] It's a pretty long story.

Well, you know what? I have time.

Do you have a place to stay?

Do you have a place to stay?


[upbeat music playing]

[Sara] What does this say?

[speaks German]

Which means?

This house used to be in a different country.

[upbeat music playing]

Are we in East Berlin or West Berlin right now?

[Damiel] Definitely West.

Hey, can you show me the Berlin Wall?


You're right on top of it.

No way.

Can you feel it?

No. [screaming]



[Sara] Yeah, I can feel it now.

[dramatic music playing]

[Heather] Hello.

[speaks German]

Thank you.

So, what's shakin', baby?

Are you serious?

You're gonna hit me with that line?

[chuckles] Why not?

I like your style.



You must be some sort of professional.

[Heather] Nope, just an American.

Do you mind?

Do I have a say in that?

[chuckles] What?

Baby, you just set your movement back 50 years.

What movement? I don't have a movement.

I don't have time. I work for a living.

And by the way, a lot of women wear suits, you know, old man.

[James] I am not that old. [Heather] Uh-hmm.

And you're a very funny lady.

[Heather] Jesus, don't call me that. Lady.

Otherwise, we're gonna have real problems between us.

If I don't, does that mean we're gonna get along and be friends? Look at this, first base, and you didn't even buy me a drink.

Okay. Where I come from, first base is a kiss.



Holy shit. I didn't expect that.

No promises.

Why me?

Don't sell yourself short.

You're not too bad yourself.

[laughs] [Heather] So... let's talk about you.

What? [Heather] Let's talk about you.

Oh, rock and roll.

Anything you want, baby.

So, what's your name?

That's me, not you.

[James] You're a real piece of work.

I can make up anything, what does it matter?

Nothing matters.

Fine. I'll pick one. How about...


Call me Heather.

No, not that one.

Why not?

I once had a little girl a long time ago.

Her name was Heather.

And I never got to know her.

And I have a father. What a coincidence.



[Heather] Just out of curiosity, what would you say your odds are right about now?




[Heather] Look at you, you sneaky bastard.

You really think so?

Fifty-fifty? [James] Listen, everything always comes down to fifty-fifty.

You know, it's either gonna happen or it's not gonna happen.

Right? [Heather] Hmm.

I mean, either I'm gonna get lucky and... take you back to my hotel room and... Uh-hmm.

Love you till your eyeballs roll in the back of your head or...

I'm gonna go home and play with myself.

Hmm. [James] I ain't got the answers, I ain't got no crystal ball.

Something is either gonna happen or it's not.

Yeah, I guess so.

I like that.

So, who or what didn't work out for you that you're here right now?

You wanna listen?

Sure. My flight's not till tomorrow.


I really like you, Heather.

You know, any woman who's ever cared about me or love me, I...

I hurt and caused them a lot of pain.

And I don't ever wanna do that again.

You sound like a man who has a problem with forgiveness.

Yeah. Big time.

You should start by forgiving yourself.

Yeah. That's what my priest tells me.


I mean, what I regret most is, uh, you know, I had the kid a long time ago, and I never got to know her.

[Heather] What do you mean, had a kid? How?

[James] Well, I get hooked up with this girl.

We were young, we had a baby. And she split with the kid.

What would you say to her?

[indistinct song]

What would you say to your little girl?

Say, she walked into here right now, into this dipshit hotel bar?

And sat down here and looked at you, and said...

"Daddy, I forgive you, if you give me one good reason to."

What would you say?

What would you say?

You know what I did for years?

I used to pretend that...

I'll be on a street corner and I would just be... watching people walk by and I used to pretend that...

I'd see somebody, some guy who would be holding hands with a little girl, they'd walk up to me and the little girl would be... my little girl.

And she'd say...

"Hi, daddy."

[indistinct song] And I'd pick her up and I'll hold her, and just say, "I didn't know where you were.

I didn't know how to find you.

And I love you so much.

And, and I missed you my whole life, and...

I can't believe you're here right now."

And I would hear her voice say, "Daddy, am I still the prettiest little girl in the world?"

And I'd say, "Yeah, you are the prettiest little girl in the world.

And I missed you so much."

"Daddy... I missed you so much."


I'm done talking about this.

So, where... where shall we continue?


This, where shall we go next?

[singer] ♪ One night in... ♪ I'm in room 423.


I'll meet you up there then.

[singer] ♪ And heavens don't... ♪

♪ [indistinct song] ♪

♪ Sweet instant of memory ♪

[knocks on door]

[singer] ♪ One celestial rhapsody ♪ Hey. Please, come in.

[dramatic music playing]

What's wrong?

Are you okay?

I don't know if I wanna do this anymore.

Oh, okay, well... that's okay, we can just...

You know, you don't have to do anything.


You know what, I came into the bar to fuck you.

You don't have to fuck me.

I just, I... Do you want me to leave?

No, I don't want you to leave.

We could just... hang Okay.

Right? Okay.

[dramatic music playing]


[Damiel snoring]

[singer humming]

[dramatic music playing]


[Damiel] Do you have dreams?

Things you wanna do in your life?


Yes, like everyone.

What are those dreams?

I wanna travel the world.


Like everyone.


I wanna sing at Mauerpark.


My father told me about it.

He said it's the place to be when you're a musician.

Is it, yeah?

And apart from that?

Um... there's a house that I wanna find, used to belong to someone special.

Where is it? The house.

[Sara speaks German]

Well, maybe you can sleep there tonight at your friend's place.

I thought that maybe I could sleep here again?



Well, anyway, thanks for the... tour.

I had a great time.

Me too.

[dramatic music playing]

[indistinct chatter]

[phone beeps]

[violin playing]

Oh, excuse me. Excuse me.

Do you guys speak English? Yes.

Okay. Can you please tell me where...

[speaks German] [speaks German]


Okay. Thank you. This is ridiculous.

I'm so sorry.

[upbeat music playing]

[drums playing]

[cheers and applause]

[drums playing]

[dramatic music playing]

[singer singing in German]

[upbeat music playing]

[singer singing in German]


[romantic music playing]

[singer] ♪ What do I miss? ♪

♪ I can't explain ♪

♪ And I'd like this ♪

♪ Walk we remain ♪

♪ There is no answer for a lonely dancer like me ♪

♪ Take me by the hand ♪

♪ Lead me to the land ♪

♪ There must be a place ♪

♪ Of likened grace ♪

♪ And it maybe at the end of the day ♪

♪ You look at me and here me say ♪

♪ You are the answer for a lonely dancer like me ♪

[orchestra playing]

[dramatic music playing]

[exhales] There you go.


Is this typical Berlin?


Nothing's typical Berlin.

[birds chirping]

[phone camera clicking]

[Damiel] You smell that?

[Damiel] Cabbage, burnt coal, sting of soap.


In a few years, all of these will be gone.

[phone camera clicks]

My grandmother used to live here.


What's her name?


Esther Zinger.

[birds chirping]

[Damiel] Rudi, David, Shula, Selma.

She survived.

She's 95 years old now.

And she wanted me to take pictures.

[phone camera clicks]

How in the world can you come here to the city with all these bad memories?

I don't have these bad memories.

Listen, um...

I got my last gig before I leave town tonight, you wanna come?


Leave me alone, you fucking Arschloch.

Uh, that's okay.

I'll make you a coffee.

[dramatic music playing]

What's up with him?

[woman] He's been here for two days now.

[man snoring]

One more day, and I'll bury him.

And we'll see what happens.

[man snoring]

What's your plan now?

I don't know.


I'm tired of his, uh... just always arguing, and, uh... yelling.

Uh, I don't know what I'm gonna do.

[doorbell chimes]

[woman] You cannot put that beautiful dress into the machine.

[woman] It's dirty.

[woman] Hmm?

Hey, come on. You'll ruin it.

I don't care.

Looks clean to me.

[woman] It's not dirty.

Well, it just needs a repair.


You cannot be naked.

I came here... to do my first photo shoot.

I thought that this would be my big break.

There was no one else, except for the photographer.

I'm so stupid.

It's not your fault.

He told me to take my dress off.

[woman] And then?

I ran out, knocked the camera out of the way.

I hope it was his favorite.

[doorbell chimes]

[woman] Always this busy on a Saturday night?

This is Berlin.

I wouldn't bat an eye if the Pope came in.

You have to do your laundry to be here.

[speaks German]

Excuse me, but I have to ask.

You look very... I'm here for the party.

Are you having a party? No.

My friend, Andres from Caracas gave me this address, and said... this was a place to be tonight.

I think your friend Andres from Caracas is having some fun with you.

Oh, no. Andres never gets it wrong.

So, did he hurt you?

No, he...


He just... kept telling me that he will help me out.

I always wondered what I would do in this situation.

Everything just... slows down.

He started arguing, and I knew I just had to get out.

Who would you expect?

Men chase women.

It's part of the game.

You know, the men think that they can do what they want because of women like you.

[woman] You don't believe it's the truth?

No, I didn't understand this movement.

I supposed I believe in sisterhood.

As long as we don't punish the man who isn't guilty.

[doorbell chimes] Am I clear? Yeah.

No, that, that... yeah, that bitch whore at my premiere.

I'm gonna make sure she never works again.

Welcome to my laundromat.

Welcome to my laundromat.


Uh, can you take care of this?

Do I know you from somewhere? No.

Oh, he's that... casting couch director.

[woman] Yeah. Antonio, Artenio...

No, Artemis. Artemis.

Arte... [woman] Sorach.

Artemis, Sorach. [woman] This is him.

And, and I was accused, nothing was proven.

[woman] There were a few women, right?

[woman] Yeah, there were about 20 who had all the same stories.

Excuse me, why, why, why is this any of your business?

Huh, why?

It is my business because my boyfriend beat the shit out of me, and I'm sick of men like you.

What did you do? What?

What, what did you do to, to provoke him?

[woman] What did she do? I'm saying.

[woman] What did she do? There's nothing a woman can do that would excuse a man hitting her?

Oh, no. I agree, I agree. Look, I'm a feminist.

I love women. My mother was a woman.

I've done a lot for women.

All my assistants are women.

Now, they... they use me, they come to me because, because I have money, and I have power, and they wanna use me to get ahead.

I'm the victim here.

See? Look. Bullshit.

[Artemis] I... I don't make the rules.

You just enjoy them.

[woman] Listen, I love men who... open doors and bring me flowers that smell like wilderness.


But you... are pathetic.

You're a dinosaur, and you're about to be extinct.

Ooh, you're all so scary.

Oh, so empowered.

Some kind of lesbian Laundromat, where you all hang out the men to dry.

I am calling a cab. [grunts]

Thank you. Out.

[upbeat music playing]




[woman] Andres, I knew you wouldn't let me down.

[woman] Your friend from Caracas?

[woman] Yeah, my friend. Come on, guys.

[singer] ♪ Everybody, everybody ♪

♪ I feel anxious, I feel dread ♪

♪ At my favorite launderette ♪

♪ Think about my bounty touch ♪

♪ All them girls got frightened much ♪

♪ Dropped my dirty laundry ♪

♪ I pushed it in the Laundromat ♪

♪ Pushed them back and do ♪

♪ And do the laundry do, do... ♪

♪ No matter what you do, everybody join the crew ♪

♪ No matter what you do, everybody join the crew ♪

♪ No matter what you do, everybody join the crew ♪

♪ No matter what you do, everybody, everybody ♪


[singer] ♪ Everybody, everybody ♪ Oh, my, look.


[singer] ♪ No matter what you do ♪

♪ Everybody join the crew ♪

♪ No matter what you do, everybody, everybody ♪

[singer] ♪ Time's up ♪

Hey, brother.

[man] Hello, my friend. How are you doing?

Uh, how many boxes of these can I take on the airplane?

Where to? Miami.

Two boxes. Oh.

You know, I can't get these right in Miami.

Give me four? I said two.

No, four boxes. I said two.

Come on, Gorbachov, just give me four boxes, okay?

I can't... I can't get those there.

[man] You're calling me Gorbachov?

Hmm. Are you all right?


50/50, brother.

You know, I met somebody very special last night.

What happened?

Oh, Jesus. I almost made the biggest, biggest fucking mistake in my whole life.

What did you do?

I didn't do anything.

[man] I don't understand what you are talking about.

What can I say? I ain't got the answers to that.

Because it's you.

I give you four boxes.

[speaks Russian]

How's the family? [man] It's all right.

[James] Yeah?

It's 120.

Here's for the cigarettes and...

And take your wife out to dinner on me tomorrow night.

What the fuck?

That's the biggest tip I ever got in my life.

Hmm. Yeah. Good for you.

Take care, brother.

Are you gonna come back?

Take care, James. Adios, amigo.

Have a safe flight. [speaks Russian]

[indistinct chatter]

[soft music playing]

Life is a bitch, right?

[Selim] Very sorry, not much English.

[Madame Rose] It's all-you-can-drink here.

[Selim] I not want for drinking, all right?

I just want to...

I... I need nice girl.

Quickly... [Frosch] Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop. [man] What's the problem?

[man] Here's my police ID. [man] Hey, you know the game.

[policeman] Come on, Frosch, about 40 on his heavy side.

And if... if he's here?

Then you bring him out home.

Oh, just like that?

Just like that.

Or aren't we friends anymore? Uh...

[soft music playing]

[Frosch] Ladies, where did the Arab guy go?

[Laila] What Arab?

[Frosch] Laila, you don't fuck with me.

[soft music playing]

You better leave.

I can't.

Okay. What's going on?

No, no sex please.

What is?

It's, uh... my last night and I... I just need, um... what the name?

Chips. You need the chips. Huh?

Three chips, 50 euro. One chip, 20 minutes max.

Yeah. You understand?

No, but no sex.

Same. [bang]

[Frosch] Police are looking for an Arab.

[soft music playing]

[Madame Rose] Somebody with you?

[Laila] No. No?

B... but...

[Laila] No b... but.

I stink, I need to shower.

You can come out.

Don't worry. No sex.

What you're hiding from?

No trust?


What's your budget then?

Your budget.

[dramatic music playing]

[indistinct radio chatter]

Come on. He must be in there.

Someone saw him enter the club.

He is not.

Do you want me to get a search warrant?

What's going on, Tony? Huh?

Three kids threw some incendiary materials into the asylum.

Two refugees went after them.

They obviously caught one of the kids, 15 years old.


And then?

He's still alive.

It wouldn't be good if we found him here.

[Laila] Shh. Shh.

Where are you from?

Don't exist no more.

[Laila] It still has a name.


You are legal here? Very legal.

I'm married.

[Selim] Lucky he.

To a German.


Ah, nobody's perfect.

I stabbed a boy.

A boy, with my knife.


He tried to put fire on our home.

[knocks on door]

It was self-defense.

Okay. Take him out.

Remember, not too long ago?

Before this prick bought your club, people in trouble were helped here.

Sometimes people in trouble are giving us trouble.

[suspenseful music playing]

If they find him, you'll have problems.

Not you?

The kid just died in the hospital.

[Laila] What if he's not guilty?

You're on the wrong side, Frosch.


I know because... my father didn't love me.

And that makes me f... f... furious.

I'm so sorry.


[upbeat music playing]

[water gushing]

[upbeat music playing]

[speaks Arabic]

[Laila] What?

[Selim] What time?

What? I don't know. About 7:00.

[speaks Arabic]

Don't worry. You're safe here.

[speaks Arabic] What?

My wife, my kids. What?

What are you talking about? It's too late, it's too late.

[speaks Arabic] No, you can't go.

Don't run away. No, no, no, no.

If you run away, they think you're guilty.

I am guilty.

Thank you.

[dramatic music playing]

[singer] ♪ Where I'm, there's nothing there ♪

♪ Where I've been is dust ♪

♪ The road I fear to follow is what I know I must ♪

♪ Every time I try to disappear ♪

♪ The road will lead me back to you here ♪

♪ And running is the only thing I trust ♪

[dramatic music playing]

[singer] ♪ The faces of my family ♪

♪ Come to me in my sleep ♪

♪ I hear my father crying out ♪

♪ I watch my mother weep ♪

♪ All my dreams can take me back to them ♪

[woman] Uh, sir, can I see your ID, please?


[upbeat music playing]

[pulsating music]

[man] Cheers. [Damiel] Hey guys.

This is Sara.

Give her a drink, okay?

Sara, I'll be back. Where are you going?

Don't worry.


[dramatic music playing]

[upbeat music playing]

[dramatic music playing]

[drag queen groans]

[speaks German]

Are you okay?

Yes, I'm okay. Thank you.



I just had a fight with my boyfriend.

And I'm okay. Thanks.


I think those kind of things happen.

My father was supposed to pick me up at 8:00.

[drag queen] And what time is it?


Well, you know what?

That kind of things happen.


Do you want a beer?


Just what I needed.


Why not?

You're a minor.

Yes, But I'm 16.


So, you're not permitted.

Yeah. This is Germany here. You're allowed to drink at 16.

You're allowed to drink? Yeah.

Look. No way.





Hah! You fucker!

It's your birthday.

Oh, no, come on.

Better give you a hug.

Yeah, congratulations.

Thank you.

What was his name?


[teenager] Your boyfriend.





You have girlfriends?


Before you have a boyfriend?

I had a few.

Did you liked it?

Not really.

I prefer to kiss boys.

And how you knew?

I don't know. Just happens.

I don't know if I prefer to kiss men or women.

Like, you just, just have to try both.

I guess... but how?

Like, just go and ask them.


Will you please kiss me?

Excuse me?

I'm asking you, could you please kiss me?

I wanna know what it feels to kiss a man.



You know what, baby? Technically, right now, you're in front of a woman.

So, it's not gonna work.

Yeah, but... you are a man.


It's a little more complicated than that.

As a birthday gift.

No, I don't think so. Why not?

[sighs] I've been drinking, smoking all night.

You're just gonna hate it.



Okay. Just one.


I don't know.

But I will consider it as a birthday present.

Fair enough.


I think I gotta go.


Remember, those kind of things happen.

[music playing over speakers]

Excuse me.

Did you see a girl with, uh, brown hair?

Is that coffee?

Uh, yeah.

It's yours.

By the way, he dies in the end.

[music playing over speakers]

It's a strange place, isn't it?

[Damiel chuckles]


[birds chirping]

[dramatic music playing]

No, thanks.

[dramatic music playing]

[phone vibrating]

[Burke] So, I am the last man alive.

The only one to see how it truly ends.

[phone vibrating]


Oh, boy.

Hey, Jeremy.

[Jeremy] Burke Linz, my favorite client.

Still in Berlin? I am.

How did it go?

[Jeremy] Yeah! Test went well last night.

And they are talking sequel.

Jeez. I mean, uh, it's a movie about the end of the world.

I think I killed about seventy billion people.

How do you make a sequel to that?

[Jeremy] How? What do you mean how?

You know, you make the same movie, uh, a little different.

Yeah... no. Jeremy, listen, I don't... I don't...

[Jeremy] You want that superhero money, right?

Are... are they freaking out that I'm not there?

[Jeremy] Maybe a little. But who cares?

You've spent the last two years of your life on this movie.

Unless they want you to run the projector, what else can you do? Well...

I'm exhausted. That's for sure.

I might be losing it.

[Jeremy] Burke, go out. See people.

Do whatever you do in Berlin.

I gotta go.

Think superhero money.

All right. I love you, mate.

You love me?

Thank you, Jeremy.

[dramatic music playing]

Jeremy, I wish you just listen to me.

[dramatic music playing]

[singer] ♪ I came to Berlin with a bag in the dream ♪

♪ Wanted to see things I've not seen ♪

♪ What did I find? Many pleasant surprises ♪

♪ Like the opera houses here ♪

♪ And maybe I'll be the first ostrich opera singer ♪

♪ In Berlin ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

[dramatic music playing]


[indistinct chatter]

[dramatic music playing]

Didn't want to disturb you.

[Burke] Oh, uh, that, that was really great.

That, uh, you got a lovely voice.

Really do.


Thank you.

[Katarina] That's awfully kind.

Isn't it, Lucinda?

I'm Burke.


That, uh, you really create a whole universe.

It's... it's... it's very interesting to watch.

It's... yeah.

Thank you.

Um... got a couple of minutes till my next show.

If you wanna sit.

Yeah. I... why not?

[Katarina] You're visiting?

I am. Yeah. Yeah.

You can tell?

Uh, this isn't really a place where many locals come.

Mostly tourists.

Well, I mean, I... I have to say, it's really, really beautiful.

You picked a great spot. [Katarina laughs]

Where are you from?

[Burke] I'm from New York.

Where... where are you from?

All over, really.

I was spending a lot of time in Amsterdam.

Bad marriage... parents died.

Uh, came to Berlin for a little bit of a rebirth.

Berlin is a city that knows a thing or two about a rebirth.

Yeah, yeah.

My father actually grew up here.

He made shoes, uh, he... he had a... a little shop not far from here.

He made this really beautiful handmade shoes.

And they were the kind that, you know, if you took good care of them, they'd last your whole lifetime.

And, uh... it's just not a philosophy that you see much these days, you know?

But that was him. Yeah.

He's a real artist.

How long have you been... doing the... the puppet shows and...

I like to call it theater.

Theater, excuse me.

A few years.

And the ostrich...

It was amazing watching the kids.

How they... they really seem to love her. They...

Yeah. She has many shows, you know? Yeah.

Lucinda and the High Seas.

Lucinda Meets the Ostrich King.

My favorite, Lucinda on Irish Holiday, and now...

Lucinda in Berlin.

Lucinda is secretly in love with the giraffe, called Roman De Cleff.


So how do you know so much about the characters?

I mean, do you just make it all up or where do you...

Uh, you take... you take a journey with them.

It takes time.

I just try to give them some humanity and, uh... integrity, uh... because if I don't, who will?

And the kids?

Do you feel that they know the difference?

Oh. Kids are the most open, honest audience that you can find.


Adults however... Oh. Hey, I'm... yeah, don't even get me started on adults.

[Katarina laughs]

With kids, you're showing them the world.

And, and you're fulfilled?



Uh, what do you mean?

You know, with, you know, your art and... your life?


Uh, look, there is nothing more that I need or want.

I hope you can say the same.


Well, I should get back to my show.

Yeah. Excuse me, I don't... looks like you already got a customer here.

Hey, you're gonna love the show.

See, I don't speak German either.


Have a great time.

Not many people wanna talk to me about my puppets.

It's been the best, best part of my trip so far, really.

I... I needed it, so, thanks.

See you later.

Would it be possible to talk some more?

Would that be... I mean, I could take you and Lucinda to dinner or something.

She doesn't eat much.

Well, hey, that's... that's more for us.

Well, you know, it was nice... it was nice just to get the chance to talk you and to see the show.

And, uh...

I don't know, it really just, uh...

Thank you.

[Katarina] Sometimes I'm at the corner cafe at Rosenthaler Platz.

Rosenthaler Platz.


Great show, go, go, check it out.

So, this is how it all begins again.

The feeling of fullness, of humanity.

That love is possible.

That everything is possible.

At first, there were only ashes.

And now, when you least expected it, you are, once more... in the Garden of Eden.

[woman singing in foreign language]


[indistinct chatter]

[indistinct chatter]


[indistinct radio chatter]

[man singing foreign language]

[car engine revving] [men whooping]

[man singing in foreign language]

House of World Cultures.

Ha! [laughs]

No one here calls it like that.

We call it the Pregnant Oyster or Jimmy Carter's smile.

Are you American?

What? Are you American?

Yeah, sure.

[Yasil] No, no, no. A lot of police?

Have you been to Turkey? I mean, there...

You know, in Istanbul there is police at every corner, and they still can't guarantee safety.

I guess under pretext of fighting the terror, they just want to control the opposition.

Have you followed the politics there?

Isn't that unbelievable?

It's... Sorry.

Do you really need to keep talking? I mean... it would be great if you just not do that.

[Yasil] Sorry. Just a habit, you know?

I love to chat with my customers.

Actually, I'm, I'm a reporter, kind of, you know, neighborhood stuff, gentrification, migrants.

The big picture, little things.

No big magazine would hire me, unless I would come up with a story, you know, a big story like... opening restaurant in Neukoelln.

[laughs] You know what I mean?

I'm Yasil, by the way. What's your name?

Greg. Nice to meet you, Greg.

Tough day, huh?

I tell you.

[Yasil] You remind me somehow of my first boyfriend.

He was also a bit nerdy.


And you remind me of my first girlfriend.

She could never keep her mouth shut.


You like philosophy? Hmm?

I studied it at university.


[Greg] No, no, no. Uh, I memorized that.

Are you working in philosophy?

No. Uh, I became an IT engineer.

It was easier to cash in on that.

But philosophy is something I'm still really into.

But this morning...

this morning...

Do you think it's hard not to have a home?

What do you mean?

Uh, you're Turkish living in Germany.

Yeah, but I have a home.

I mean, I'm German, a bit Turkish, but I'm German.

Uh, I mean if one, um... suddenly had no home at all?

Because they finally decided to be true to themselves.

That would be a high price and a real pity.

Being true to yourself should always be rewarded.

That only happens in fairy tales, right?

Yes, it does, but sometimes, not only there.

And we live for these moments?

Yes. That's what we live for.

[suspenseful music playing]

[tires screeching]

Go, go, go, go. [Yasil] What? What?

[speaks German] What was that?

Oh. They're catch... they're catching up.

[tires screeching]

[tires screeching]

[suspenseful music playing]

[car horn honking]

[shouts] Sorry!

[car horn honking]

[Yasil shouts] [man screams] Hey!

[suspenseful music playing]

[Yasil] Are they gone?

[Greg] I don't know, I don't know.

Take me to the embassy district.

What? But we have to call the police!


Please... we don't have much time.

[dramatic music playing]

[car approaching]

Yasil... you shouldn't give up on your dream... you know?

Thank you.

You're a good driver.

[dramatic music playing]

[car approaching]

[suspenseful music playing]

[dramatic music playing]

[car engine starts]

[breaths deeply]

[suspenseful music playing]


[suspenseful music playing]

[crowd chatter]

[man] Everybody!


[man] Hey!

[man singing in foreign language]

[crowd cheering]

Good morning, folks!

[speaks German]

[man] Yeah! So, who's next?

Who wants to sing a song?

Who, who, who?

Me! [man] Oh, red leather jacket?

Uh-hmm. [man] Yes, red leather jacket everybody.

[crowd cheering]

Can I give you this? Yes.

What's this for? [Sara] It's the second track.

[man] You're not... you're not being high maintenance are you? No.

What's your name?


Sara. Say hi to Sara, everybody.

[cheers and applause]

So where are you from? [Sara] Tel Aviv.

From Tenerife, everybody.

Sara's from Tenerife.

Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv. Sorry, its Tel Aviv.

Sorry, sorry, sorry.

[Sara] You found it? Party sound, right?


Thank you.


My name is Sara.

I've been here barely 48 hours, and I already feel like I'm a part of Berlin, you know?

But sometimes... you feel alone and you feel like... you're not heard and you're not seen.

But when that happens, just turn around because there might be someone actually listening.

In my case, it was an angel, with wings and everything.

I guess, I just got lucky.

So, this song is for all the angels out there.

With or without wings.

♪ I'm giving in ♪

♪ Keep moving in your sleep stream ♪

♪ Don't wanna slow it down ♪

♪ I'm wide awake ♪

♪ Get soaked in by your light and ♪

♪ It's just the way it sounds ♪

♪ And I will follow you wherever you would take me ♪

♪ I'm breathing in ♪

♪ And I'll let go of everything you take you away from me ♪

♪ Breathing out ♪

♪ Your touch, your taste ♪

♪ Your thoughts, your ways ♪

♪ Our nights, our days ♪

♪ Can't get enough of your love ♪

♪ Get enough of your love ♪

♪ I'm reaching out ♪

♪ To the warmth of your embrace ♪

♪ Don't wanna let it go ♪

♪ I took my time ♪

♪ Putting bridges through my own ♪

♪ Just to let you know ♪

♪ Your touch, your taste ♪

♪ Your thoughts, your ways ♪

♪ Our nights, our days ♪

♪ Can't get enough of your love ♪

♪ Get enough of your love ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ Ooh. ♪

♪ And I would follow you ♪

♪ Wherever you would take me ♪

♪ I'm breathing in ♪

♪ And I'll let go of everything ♪

♪ You take you away from me ♪

♪ Breathing out ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ Your touch, your taste ♪

♪ Your thoughts, your ways ♪

♪ Our nights, our days ♪

♪ Can't get enough of your love ♪

♪ Get enough of your love ♪

♪ Your touch, your taste ♪

♪ Your thoughts, your ways ♪

♪ Our nights, our days ♪

♪ Can't get enough of your love ♪

♪ Get enough of your love ♪

[crowd cheering]

[Sara] Thank you. Thank you.

Sara everybody.

[dramatic music playing]

[singer] ♪ Ooh ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ When we were young ♪

♪ Our children in the morning ♪

♪ The passing of a day seemed like ♪

♪ Year or two ♪

♪ Taxes and gasoline ♪

♪ Another debt to be the paid ♪

♪ Now the years, they go by like this ♪

♪ Or the debts to be paid ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ Aah ♪

♪ Yeah ♪

♪ So if you must ♪

♪ Take your time ♪

♪ Please, take your time ♪

♪ If you must ♪

♪ Because letting go ♪

♪ It's never easy ♪

♪ It's never easy ♪

♪ Letting go ♪

♪ So when you go ♪

♪ Don't look back ♪

♪ Don't look back ♪

♪ When you go ♪

[upbeat music playing]

[singer] ♪ Ooh ♪

[singer] ♪ No matter what you do ♪

♪ Everybody judges you ♪

♪ No matter what you do ♪

♪ Everybody judges you ♪ [singer] ♪ Me too ♪

[singer] ♪ No matter what you do ♪

♪ Everybody judges you ♪ [singer] ♪ Me too ♪

[singer] ♪ No matter what you do ♪

♪ Everybody, everybody ♪

♪ I feel anxious, I feel dread ♪

♪ At my favorite launderette ♪

♪ Think about my bounty touch ♪

♪ All them girls get frightened much ♪

♪ Grab my dirty laundry ♪

♪ I'll push it in the laundromat ♪

♪ Pushed them back and do, do the laundry ♪

♪ Do, do ♪

♪ No matter what you do ♪

♪ Everybody judges you ♪ [singer] ♪ Me too ♪

[singer] ♪ No matter what you do ♪

♪ Everybody judges you ♪ [singer] ♪ Me too ♪

[singer] ♪ No matter what you do ♪

♪ Everybody judges you ♪ [singer] ♪ Me too ♪

[singer] ♪ No matter what you do ♪

♪ Everybody, everybody ♪


[dramatic music playing]

[singer singing indistinctly]

[dramatic music playing]

[upbeat music playing]

[singer singing in German]

[singer] ♪ I do love you ♪

♪ Do, do ♪

♪ I do love you ♪

♪ Do, do, do, do, do, do ♪

♪ If you love me ♪

♪ Do, do ♪

♪ I do love you, and I hope you love me, too ♪

♪ If you love me, close your eyes and look at me ♪

♪ I do love you, and I hope you love me, too ♪

♪ If you love me, close your eyes and look at me ♪

♪ Oh ♪

♪ Oh ♪

♪ Oh ♪

♪ I do love you ♪

♪ I do love you ♪

♪ If you love me ♪

[upbeat music playing]

[singer] ♪ Driving through down in my car ♪

♪ It is like, walking in the mirror ♪

♪ Glitz and glamour but no money ♪

♪ I always thought your wife is yummy ♪

♪ You are me and I am you ♪

♪ Berlin, I love you ♪

♪ I love you ♪

♪ Ooh, hmm ♪

♪ Da ra du da da du dam du ra da dam ♪

♪ Berlin, I love you ♪