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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 »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
Drama with an unexpected ending 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
 
Stunts
Leo Plank .... stunts
 
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
 
Other crew
Norbert Maass .... sales manager: Bavaria Film International (uncredited)
 

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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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Trivia:
The characters are color-coded.See more »
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 »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Drama with an unexpected ending, 10 March 2002
Author: raymond-15 from Australia

This is the first I have seen of Tom Tykwer's work. In a word, outstanding. This movie has all the necessary elements for a successful production and ensures a completely entertaining evening. The opening (and what an opening!) sets the mood..... A chilly landscape of deep snow with helicopter shots racing across treetops heavily weighed down with a recent fall.....And the music with its tremulous monotone suggests impending drama. I wait expectantly.....

Into the picture comes Rene. At first glance an odd-looking guy who suffers from a kind of amnesia. He knows his name and where he lives but can't remember anything else. That's why he photographs every little incident to jog his memory. Laura who works as a hospital nurse agrees he's a bit weird but is fascinated just the same. You get the feeling he's up to something.

Her friend Rebecca, an attractive blond who works as a translator is having trouble with her boy friend Marco. He's so possessive. They congregate in Laura's house where much of the dialogue takes place. Rebecca and Marco are continually arguing, falling in and out of love. These scenes are exceptional.

In some strange coincidence these four characters are in one way or another involved in the aftermath of a serious accident involving two cars swerving on the slippery highway. In one of the cars a farmer who is taking his horse float to the vet. is knocked unconscious. Later he is unable to convince the police that a second car was involved. So he sets out on a mission to find the other car and the man responsible for the death of his daughter who died in hospital as a result of the accident.

Marco the skiing instructor has an eye for the girls and there are some exciting scenes on the ski slopes as they engage the treacherous terrain. It's a matter of "Hold tight!" as the skiers disappear into the foggy atmosphere.

The snow bound landscape is for me a most unusual setting for the drama and I enjoyed every exciting minute. The ending left me almost open-mouthed! And I'm not telling!

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