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Winter Sleepers (1997) More at IMDbPro »Winterschläfer (original title)

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Release Date:
30 October 1997 (Germany) See more »
Ein Liebesthriller. See more »
Beautiful blonde translator Rebecca lives with her boyfriend, ski instructor Marco, in a small mountain villa owned by her friend... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Ulrich Matthes ... Rene
Marie-Lou Sellem ... Laura

Heino Ferch ... Marco

Floriane Daniel ... 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 ... Polizist
Melanie Palmberger ... Ninas Freundin
Michaela Prahauser ... Ninas Freundin
Peter Arp ... Mann am Unfallort
Caroline Richards ... Barkeeperin
Swantje Matthaei ... Alexa
Noushin Diehl ... Das Baby
Anne-Françoise Pyszora ... Kitsch-Erzählerin
Saskia Vester ... Schwester Anna
René Schönenberger ... Gerd (as Rene Schoenenberger)

Directed by
Tom Tykwer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anne-Françoise Pyszora  novel "Expense of Spirit"
Anne-Françoise Pyszora  screenplay
Tom Tykwer 

Produced by
Stefan Arndt .... producer
Maria Köpf .... executive producer
Niko von Glasow .... co-producer
Original Music by
Reinhold Heil 
Johnny Klimek 
Tom Tykwer 
Cinematography by
Frank Griebe 
Film Editing by
Katja Dringenberg 
Casting by
An Dorthe Braker 
Production Design by
Alexander Manasse 
Art Direction by
Uli Hanisch 
Costume Design by
Aphrodite Kondos 
Production Management
Milanka Comfort .... production manager
Torsten Künstler .... set production manager
Ralph Strachwitz .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
François Doge .... second unit director
Sebastian Fahr-Brix .... assistant director (as Sebastian Fahr)
Art Department
Gregor Hees .... painter
Andrea Kessler .... on-set propmaster
Petra Klimek .... property master
John Rawsthorn .... painter
Sound Department
Günther Friedhoff .... sound technician
Dirk Jacob .... sound editor
Matthias Lempert .... sound
Arno Wilms .... sound
Antje Zynga .... sound editor
Gunther Kortwich .... sound equipment provider (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Nastuh Abootalebi .... digital artist
Manfred Büttner .... visual effects production manager
George Maihöfer .... digital artist
Andreas Schellenberg .... visual effects
Thomas Tannenberger .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Riccardo Brunner .... steadicam operator
Bernd Spauke .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elena Wegner .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Antje Zynga .... assistant editor
Music Department
Stefan Broedner .... music consultant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Winterschläfer" - Germany (original title)
"Wintersleepers" - Europe (English title)
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122 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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The characters are color-coded.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Marco is falling, the parachute on his back is clearly visible.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Gone with the Wind (1939)See more »
For Eight CellosSee more »


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15 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Well made, unfortunately, 3 April 2003
Author: Mort-31 from Vienna, Austria

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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