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Schlafes Bruder (1995)

In the beginning of the 19th century, Johannes Elias Alder is born in a small village in the Austrian mountains. While growing up he is considered strange by the other villagers and ... See full summary »

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In the beginning of the 19th century, Johannes Elias Alder is born in a small village in the Austrian mountains. While growing up he is considered strange by the other villagers and discovers his love of music, especially rebuilding and playing the organ at the village church. After experiencing an "acoustic wonder", his eye color changes and he can hear even the most subtle sounds. Elias falls in platonic love with Elsbeth, the sister of Peter, a neighbor's son, who has longstanding homosexual feelings towards Elias. After Elsbeth, out of frustration from Elias' not returning her love and instead being obsessed with music, chooses to be impregnated and marries someone else who lose love she had spurned for Elias. The village burns and most villagers, including Elsbeth, evacuate to the closest town. Elias remains behind. Having heard of "the prodigy in the alps", a music master seeks out Elias and invites him to an organ challenge in the town where the villagers relocated. Elias ... Written by Thomas Meyer <i03a@zfn.uni-bremen.de>

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Wer liebt, schläft nicht.

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The Sound of Weird Music
1 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Never let it be said that this movie in German is guilty of too much subtlety. Heavy and oft repeated use of anything stark and obvious seems to be the rule. Even the little pipe harmonium in the village church that plays like something in Vienna's Stephansdom is way too much, as are the opening scenes flying over the Alps (Where is Julie Andrews when you need her?) first backwards then vorwärts. And not only one, but several actors with Down Syndrome are on display to demonstrate the theme of inbreeding that lies over this film like a soggy blanket (a remote Austrian village as the setting for Deliverance II?). And what would a story like this be without the recurring mention of (shudder) Original Sin?

The novel has none of these cheesy features. It is written in a straightforward manner, albeit with a strain of sentimentality common in popular German language fiction. As many have already commented, somebody apparently convinced the author that, when it comes to cinematic versions, more is better. Too bad. 4 of 10.


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