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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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Rene
Marie-Lou Sellem ...
Laura
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Marco
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Rebecca
Josef Bierbichler ...
Theo
Agathe Taffertshofer ...
Theos Frau Edith
Sophia Dirscherl ...
Theos Tochter Marita (as Sofia Dirscherl)
Simon Donatz ...
Theos Sohn Peter
Laura Tonke ...
Nina
Werner Schnitzer ...
Chefarzt
Sebastian Schipper ...
Otto
Robert Meyer ...
Keibl
Harry Täschner ...
Kuhn
Walter Anichhofer ...
Souffleur
Martin Leutgeb ...
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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 <jruizs@prodigy.net.mx>

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Winter Sleepers  »

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$21,818 (USA) (17 March 2000)

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$316,431 (USA) (25 August 2000)
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Great potential not realized - But very good effort
16 July 2001 | by (Utah, USA) – See all my reviews

I liked this movie. It's not great but a lot of potential bleeds through. You can see that Tom Tykwer has talent and is searching for the proper execution of his vision. I most enjoyed how the film examined a group of very different individuals, and their unique ways of managing life and its difficult experiences. The cinematography was great and the actors were very convincing. In fact, I think that the acting talent wasn't pushed far enough. Especially the female leads (Mary-Lou Sellm was terrific but, again, she wasn't allowed to fully open up and spill out the "guts" - the raw emotion that Laura's circumstances might have brought on). The characters weren't developed deep enough. I didn't bond or relate on more than a superficial level. The talent to achieve this was waiting to be unleashed, but the script, the director, the editor, or any combination of many other factors, wouldn't allow it to happen.

The film seemed rushed to take on too many deep personal and inter-personal issues. They were passed over briefly but not delved into enough captivate the audience. Then it ended, (I did like the ending - a fine twist of plot and ironic justice. A little Hitchcock-ian ) and I felt empty - not knowing the characters very well left me wondering what I should feel, and for whom should I feel it.

I am very interested to see "Run Lola Run", to see how much this talented director learned from Winterschläfer. I would also like to see more/other work by Marie-Lou Sellm and Floriane Daniel.


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