Oh Boy: Film review - ironic, offbeat humour and wry observation

(NC) Jan-Ole Gerster, 83 mins Starring: Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Justus von Dohnány

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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.