Schultze and his two buddies Jurgen and Manfred are given "early retirement" (laid off) by the salt mines in central Germany where they've worked most of their lives, and have little to do now besides drink beer. Schultze plays accordion, and every year at the town's folk festival he performs an old polka his father made famous.
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One day Schultze turns on his radio and hears a Cajun zydeco accordion tune. At first he switches it off. But then he's intrigued. And eventually he starts to practice the tune and makes the momentous decision to play it at the annual festival. Most of the crowd is nonplused; nevertheless, they elect to send Schultze as their representative to a festival in their sister city of New Braunfels, Texas.
But more polkas and yodeling don't appeal to him, so Schultze rents a boat and heads down the river to the bayou country of Louisiana where real zydeco can be found. This 2003 German film is so slow-paced and dry-humored that it seems more like a Scandinavian film; but it has a sweet, sly heart to it for those who have the patience.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus