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Beautiful blonde translator Rebecca lives with her boyfriend, ski instructor Marco, in a small mountain villa owned by her friend, nurse Laura. Rene, a cinema projectionist, steals Marco's car while in a daze and gets into a car crash with local farmer Theo, whose daughter, after being in coma for a time, dies. Rene suffers from partial short term memory loss and starts a relationship with Laura. Meanwhile Marco is looking for the man who stole his car and Theo - for the man who killed his daughter... Written by
This movie didn't get much critical attention, which should have tipped me off that it might be worth seeing, given the complete uselessness of film criticism in the past few years. Anyway, it was outstanding, for reasons that are hard to pin down. Acting, direction, scenery, musical score -- all conspired to keep my eyes riveted to the screen for the entire two hours. Subtle, unexpected plot twists, frank, unsentimental treatment of serious issues (sex and death) -- all of these put most recent American movies to shame. (Fargo, which this movie reminded me of a lot, is the most notable exception.) Unlike other commentators, I found not one scene to be gratuitous or out of place. Everything and everyone is treated with a kind of austere gentleness that raises the film from entertainment to high art.
Run Lola Run was brilliant; Winter Sleepers is sublime.
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