Winter Sleepers (1997)
"Winterschläfer" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie-Lou Sellem ...
Josef Bierbichler ...
Agathe Taffertshofer ...
Theos Frau Edith
Sophia Dirscherl ...
Theos Tochter Marita (as Sofia Dirscherl)
Simon Donatz ...
Theos Sohn Peter
Laura Tonke ...
Werner Schnitzer ...
Sebastian Schipper ...
Robert Meyer ...
Harry Täschner ...
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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 JRS <>

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30 October 1997 (Germany)  »

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Winter Sleepers  »

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DEM 36,414 (Germany) (2 January 1998)


$316,431 (USA) (25 August 2000)

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Well made, unfortunately
3 April 2003 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

An absolutely stylish movie! If style is what counts for you, go watch it and start praising Tom Tykwer for his wonderful way of making movies. Tykwer has a respectable sense of colours and he is a master of conveying moods and a notion of drama to his audience. The reason why I do not like his movies is that there is nothing about them which gives them the right to be stylishly dramatic. The stories are simple and not particularly interesting but Tykwer makes us believe they are something special. The moment you realize this is not true marks a rather big disappointment.

Winterschläfer has some greatly filmed scenes and pictures, particularly when it comes to combining the beautiful white snow with the very full colours of the characters' cars or clothes. But it's a real pity that these scenes and pictures appear in such a third-rate, meaningless film. The background bears no relation to the magnitude of the pictures. It's the same as with Tykwer's next movie, the world-wide blockbuster Run Lola Run.

Admittedly, Tykwer has chosen good actors for this film. Some of them, like Josef Bierbichler, struggle with the terrible screenplay but others, especially Marie-Lou Sellem interprete it in a convincing and fascinating way.

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