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Bagdad Cafe

  • Germany / 1987 / 108 min / Colour
  • Original Title : Out of Rosenheim
  • Language : English
  • Genre : Drama
  • Director : Percy Adlon
  • Screenwriter : Percy Adlon, Eleonore Adlon, Christopher Doherty
  • Cinematographer : Bernd Heinl
  • Editor : Norbert Herzner
  • Cast : Marianne Sagebrecht, CCH Pounder, Jack Palance


Driving through the Mojave Desert somewhere between Las Vegas and Disneyland, a middle aged German tourist couple has a spat...and the wife, Jasmin, strikes out on her own. Trudging down the highway pulling along a large suitcase, she is so unlikely a sight that Brenda, the irascible proprietor of the Bagdad Cafe where Jasmin stops, is instantly suspicious. So begins a hilarious and touching account of the relationship that develops between these two women of different cultures. It also offers a renewed, endearingly quirky vision of America as a land with room for self discovery and individuality. Progressing from bleak reality to Utopian fantasy, BAGDAD CAFE offers the flip side to one other German film directed in America, PARIS TEXAS. But Adlon celebrates the possibilities of a uniquely American sense of community, of harmony between disparate people. Winner of numerous awards and an international box-office success, BAGDAD CAFE creates, in the middle of desolation, an oasis of friendship.

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