You can see the influence of François Truffaut's Antoine Doinel films on German writer-director Jan Ole Gerster's charming debut feature.
The lead character, Niko (Tom Schilling), even looks a little like Jean-Pierre Léaud in Truffaut's films. He's a bright but feckless twentysomething drop-out who roams around Berlin having minor misadventures in life and love.
Gerster has a flair for ironic, offbeat humour and wry observation. Oh Boy is the antithesis of dark Germanic dramas about tormented youth. The black-and-white cinematography and jazz music can't help but evoke memories of Woody Allen.Reuse content