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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
When buying this film, I was expecting your usual Rom-com with cheesy lines and intense, love-filled stares. 'Barfuss', however, was not what I expected. Although generally happy, this film has the serious undertones that create a masterpiece of a plot, with the depth one can only find in German cinema. 'Barefoot' tells the delightful story of unconventional love, and how...
Published on 25 Sept. 2012 by gratias_ago

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted German RomCom
Barfuss is a gentle romantic comedy in the German language featuring one of Germany's premier stars in Til Schweiger. Til not only is the lead male actor but also directed and produced Barfuss. To a large extent Barfuss can be described as a Til Schweiger vehicle and he personally had a lot at stake in its success. What he has achieved is a decent but never great...
Published on 29 May 2010 by MLA


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, 25 Sept. 2012
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When buying this film, I was expecting your usual Rom-com with cheesy lines and intense, love-filled stares. 'Barfuss', however, was not what I expected. Although generally happy, this film has the serious undertones that create a masterpiece of a plot, with the depth one can only find in German cinema. 'Barefoot' tells the delightful story of unconventional love, and how it may not hit directly, but grows into something very special, indeed. With unique characters that are portrayed well and a plot which is a bit...alternative, 'Barfuss' is a true gem of a film.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted German RomCom, 29 May 2010
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Barfuss is a gentle romantic comedy in the German language featuring one of Germany's premier stars in Til Schweiger. Til not only is the lead male actor but also directed and produced Barfuss. To a large extent Barfuss can be described as a Til Schweiger vehicle and he personally had a lot at stake in its success. What he has achieved is a decent but never great romantic comedy that won a reasonable box office and critical acceptance. The film is OK and those who specifically enjoy the romcom genre will enjoy the additional quirks Schweiger has thrown in but this should not be mistaken for a masterpiece.

Schweiger plays Nick Keller a drop-out and failure who finds himself unable to hold onto a job including the position of cleaner in a mental hospital. Lead female Johanna Wokalek plays Leila, a patient at the hospital who breaks free from the insitutional, parental, and self-imposed shackles that haunt her life to follow Keller into the outside world.

The start and set up of the film are actually excellent. Leila's following of Keller could easily have been creepy but it is funny and affecting. That Keller can never do anything right and knows the difficulty of the situations he has gotten himself in makes him an endearing character as well. Most of the comedy part of the romcom comes in the opening sequences as the audience is introduced to the main characters and their many failings. The moment when Keller's off-screen neighbour starts shouting at him for the noise Leila makes at his apartment is one of those funny cos its true moments that are well worth investing in.

There are some slightly uncomfortable elements to Barfuss. Leila is clearly a child in mind if not in body and as she is introduced to the world there are plenty of charming moments not least the moment Leila fails to really understand the concept of Schwarzfahren. Barfuss keeps to the acceptable side of the line but it is close at times with the charm and lack of sexuality holding the film in the acceptable category.

Keller is later revealed to be from a wealthy family which puts his lack of success into stark contrast. He is not quite a rebel but has the same anti-establishment appeal epecially when compared with his brother played by Steffan Wink in a fabulous bit of casting - Wink looks very like Schweiger in the film and the two really could have been brothers. Unfortunately a jarring bit of characterisation loses much of the main character's pathos. It is there to set up the final sequences but the truth about his relationship with his former girlfriend somewhat spoils his hero/anti-hero persona. Character is what romcoms are about so it is a mistake to put plot over character. However, setting that aside the conclusion is of course highly satisfying and Barfuss resumes its charm and good fun.

The film comes with subtitles. Not sure the extras do so unless there's a button to sort that out viewing the extras needs at least a small amount of understanding of German. The extras are the usual talking heads with the lead characters praising one another. What is interesting though is the stress that Schweiger was clearly under as he took on all the significant roles in making the film and had it been a failure it is clear that he would have lost his reputation. It is not an edifying sight to see an actor cry but his relief after the premiere screening is entirely understandable.

Barfuss is a fairly good German romcom. It is not one of the greats of German cinema but it is a nice addition to the Germanic collection. The lead characters are for the most part worth investing in and for a bit of light hearted fun Barfuss puts a German twist on the very Hollywood genre of romantic comedy so fans of that genre will no doubt enjoy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film, 5 Aug. 2007
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I first saw this film at school in German lessons and the beauty of the story and the acting made me want to buy it. Another excellent aspect of the film is the soundtrack, particularly a cover of the song Hallelujah. If you are extremely sensitive to cheesy lines, though, this film is not for you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 31 July 2009
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It was love at first sight with this film. Beautifully written and directed. The options for subtitles in English were a great help and I think my German has actually improved from watching this film! A must see for those who love the 'boy meets girl' genre of film.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How far do you go when you're in love?, 7 Nov. 2012
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To describe Barfuss as a romantic comedy is to do it an injustice. It is a utopian love comedy full of optimism and wonder. Til Schweiger does a lot of films, unfortunately most of them are below par, thankfully this is not the case with Barfuss. However, the star of the film is undoubtedly Johanna Wokalek who puts in a truly wonderful performance as the innocent Leila, and accurately portrays a emotionally damaged young lady who has been inflicted with PTSD. Although the plot is simple, it does manage to convey the complexities involved in relationships, regardless of how innocent the may be. I am a big fan of German cinema and Barfuss is one of my favourites, I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a splendid German movie, 11 Jan. 2009
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Barfuss ( means bare foot) is the romanic comedy and tells the story of hedonistic Nick (Til Schweiger), who can not keep for a long time a job or any relationship, meeting Leila (Johanna Wokalek ). Leila only walks bare foot. She is a in mental hospital where he has a job only for a few hours. He prevents her sucide and she stays with him against his will.

The story develops from here and is told ina fanastic way. One is intrigued and bewildered. It is beautiful. Schweiger and Wokalek work brilliantly together. Wokalek's performance is spelendid; Til Schweiger is one of Germany's top stars but here he is not only the male lead,but as well the director and writer of the screenplay.

A move not to bemissed. Subtitles in English are provided.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John O'Loughlin on 'Barfuss', 2 Jan. 2012
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Nick (played by Til Schweiger) finds it difficult to hold down jobs and after being given the sack from his latest one, working as a cleaner in a lunatic asylum, he finds himself back to square one except for one thing: he inadvertently made the acquaintance of Leila (Johanna Wokalek), one of the inmates, who was about to hang herself and somehow she takes a liking to him and follows him home where, to his surprise, she requests to stay with him. He reluctantly acquiesces in Leila's request, but only on the proviso that she returns with him to the asylum the next norming. Now this Leila, although crazy, is not without charm and even looks and, in spite of his misgivings, Nick finds himself 'going on the road' with her on a journey to his parents' house for the wedding of his younger brother to one of his ex-girlfriends. Much that is truly funny and not a little crazy follows, but eventually Nick and Leila arrive at the house and do their best to fit in with the wedding celebrations which, under the circumstances of Leila's condition, is not at all easy, particularly as there is no great love between Nick and his brother and even less between Nick and his stepfather, who happens to be a social snob. In the end, Leila blows her cover and Nick confesses that she is not the doctor he made her out to be but an inmate at the mental hospital and so the pair leave the wedding reception under a cloud - almost literally, since it is pouring with rain when Nick decides to abandon Leila at a Hamburg train station in order to phone her in with the hospital and have someone come and collect her. Later he regrets this and drives back to the station to rescue her from the authorities, but in the meantime the police have arrived and he is apprehended and obliged to do some time for abducting Leila. Fortunately for him his wealthy stepfather bails him out and Nick is obliged to return to his parents' house in order to join the family firm and make an honest living - something that is even less appealing to him now that he is under pressure to acquiesce in the sexual designs of one of its principal female executives whose harangue to the assembled members of the company so exasperates him that he forces himself into the semblance of a nervous breakdown in order to be admitted to the mental hospital and somehow reunited with Leila, his true love. This meets with much resistance from the presiding doctor, who had originally given him the sack and now suspects that he only wants to be with Leila, but he eventually convinces her of his sincerity and desire to help Leila and ... but I've probably said enough about this very funny and quite brilliant German film to leave the ending to the reader's imagination.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff, 1 July 2014
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Beautiful story, poignant, with laugh out loud moments. Shows mental health issues in a humane light. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 17 Dec. 2014
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A moving account of a troubled young life, well performed with some surprises.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with this purchase, 16 July 2014
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Very happy with this purchase

Good fun
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