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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 »
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Tagline:
Ein Liebesthriller. See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
8 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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This is great cinema from a country that isn't known for it See more (48 total) »

Cast

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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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Runtime:
122 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Marco is falling, the parachute on his back is clearly visible.See more »
Movie Connections:
References A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)See more »
Soundtrack:
For Eight CellosSee more »

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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
This is great cinema from a country that isn't known for it, 17 March 2005
Author: Philip Van der Veken from Tessenderlo, Belgium

I had seen "Lola Rennt" before and I remember that I liked a lot (I even bought it on DVD). So when I got the chance to see another movie from Tom Tykwer I didn't think twice and watched it. Although it is very hard to compare both movies, I must say that I liked this movie even a bit more.

In this movie we meet five people who, at first sight, don't seem to have much in common, but faith and love brings them all together. You'll see Rebecca. She's a translator who lives with her boyfriend, a ski instructor and a real womanizer, in a villa owned by her friend Laura, a nurse. Marco's car is stolen by Rene, a local cinema projectionist, who suffers from amnesia. He still knows everything that happened in the past but can't remember recent facts. While he's driving Marco's car, he causes an awful accident with a local farmer called Theo. Theo's daughter ends up in a coma and is rushed to the hospital where Laura works, where she dies later on. In the mean time Laura has fallen in love with Rene, who doesn't know what has happened. And Theo, who can't accept his daughter's death, tries everything to find the man who caused the accident and killed his daughter, so he can punish him...

What makes this movie so good is the combination of some very fine acting, a great choice of music, very beautiful images and a touching story. If you like movies like "21 Grams" than you definitely have to see this one as well. This is the kind of movie that will never be a great success in the multiplexes, but that will be loved by all who like to see a movie with some depth. You know what I mean, it doesn't have to be art-cinema, but not the 36th sequel of a movie based on a comic book either.

This is honest and sincere cinema from a country that isn't exactly very well known for it. Although I know several German movies that are more than just worth a watch ("Der Untergang" and "Lola Rennt" are two others), German movies aren't as well known or famous as the ones from Spain and Sweden and to a lesser extent France. Nevertheless Tom Tykwer proves with this one what a good director he is and that's why I can recommend it to everybody who likes to see some good, European cinema. I give it an 8.5/10.

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