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Brother of Sleep (1995)

Schlafes Bruder (original title)
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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Dana Vávrová ...
Elsbeth
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Peter
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Köhler Michel
Jürgen Schornagel ...
Kurat Benzer / Curate Benzer
Paulus Manker ...
Oskar
Michaela Rosen ...
Seffin
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Seff
Detlef Bothe ...
Lukas
Michael Mendl ...
Nulf
Eva Mattes ...
Nulfin
Angelika Bartsch ...
Burga
Lena Stolze ...
Oskarin
Heinz Emigholz ...
Haintz
Regina Fritsch ...
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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 to music, especially to playing the organ at the local 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 loving feelings towards Elias ever since. After Elsbeth marries someone else, Elias (aged 22) decides to end his life by not sleeping anymore. Written by Thomas Meyer <i03a@zfn.uni-bremen.de>

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Wer liebt, schläft nicht.

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for violent and disturbing images, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »
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13 September 1996 (USA)  »

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Soundtrack available on Ariola
Published by Blanko Musikverlag München, Hage Hein
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Story and motifs. Aleatoric expression of music and divine nature.
26 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film chronicles life of a natural born music genius with several motifs. Motifs include beauty in innocents and nature, hypocrisy in Church of small village, greed and jealousy over love and ultimate sacrifice.

This is also a rare film to feature not only the expression of aleatoric or in the moment expression of music but also makes the connection that this expression is divine nature.

The cast of characters is vast and so forth the dynamics between characters evoke deep thought and emotion.

The mechanics and continuity of the film are smooth and clear. There is nothing embellished about the film except there is an echo effect added to certain audio and vocal sets that emphasize.


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