By Timothy Gunatilaka
Updated March 17, 2020 at 03:07 AM EDT
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Schultze Gets the Blues

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  • Movie

One night, lifelong polka aficionado Schultze surfs the Saxony-Anhalt radio waves and discovers the intoxicating hullabaloo of zydeco. Troubled by his changing taste in tunes, he sees a doctor. This sounds quaintly misguided, but Schultze is indeed afflicted with an illness curable only by journeying from bucolic Deutschland to Louisiana’s bayou for some hot accordion action. While this German charmer demands patience, Schultze Gets the Blues should not be dismissed. Indeed, initially nothing happens. But the pastoral visuals and prolonged silences highlight Schultze’s humdrum life before he succumbs to jambalaya smorgasbords and booty-bumpin’ hoedowns with the yokels. Bobbing his head with an enraptured grin, the tubby Horst Krause is downright darling as Schultze. Writer-director Michael Schorr’s debut is a simple fisch-out-of-water ditty and, with its heart-stopping finale, a palpable ode to pursuing the passions that make life worth living.

EXTRAS Schorr’s deadpan commentary will amuse only those who must hear the myriad ways Krause’s performance is perfect (”How he fiddles around with the cushion…that’s great”).

Schultze Gets the Blues

type
  • Movie
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  • PG
director
  • Michael Schorr

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