“Herzog reveals the everyday mysteries and peculiarities that make a rather mundane Wisconsin town in the late 1970s as alien as the Peruvian jungle and as contemporarily incongruous as 18th century Bavaria.” - PopOptiq
Can anything be more existentially bleak than the shabby slums of Berlin? “Yes!,” exclaims director Werner Herzog via STROSZEK, “try Wisconsin!.” Bruno S. stars as an ex-mental patient who dreams of the so-called promised land of America. He aligns himself with like-minded prostitute Eva Mattes and elderly, near-senile Clemens Scheitz. Upon their arrival in Wisconsin, the three misfits find that they're just as trapped in Dairy Country as they'd been in Germany, if not more so. The sour and bitter STROSZEK earned worldwide critical and commercial acclaim, further establishing Herzog as the master of new cinematic realities.