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4 Minutes (2006)
"Vier Minuten" (original title)

 |  Drama, Music  |  18 April 2008 (USA)
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An elderly piano teacher trains a young convict at a women's penitentiary.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Monica Bleibtreu ...
Gertrud 'Traude' Krüger
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Jenny von Loeben
Sven Pippig ...
Mütze
Richy Müller ...
Kowalski
Jasmin Tabatabai ...
Ayse
Stefan Kurt ...
Direktor Meyerbeer
Vadim Glowna ...
Gerhard von Loeben
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Nadine Hoffmann
Peter Davor ...
Journalist Wahrig
Edita Malovcic ...
Traude - jung
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SS-Sturmbannführer
Kathrin Kestler ...
Hannah
Amber Bongard ...
Clara Mütze
Dietrich Hollinderbäumer ...
Pater Vincens
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In Germany, the elder Frau Traude Krueger gives piano classes in a prison for a few prisoners and the security guard Mütze. When she sees the rebel and aggressive Jenny Von Loeben playing piano, she immediately identifies her potential and offers to teach her for a competition. Frau Krueger finds that Jenny was a prodigy when she was a child; abused when she was a teenager and has been imprisoned for murdering and decapitating a man. Along the period they work together preparing for the exhibition, Frau Krueger discloses secrets about her love in World War II while the self-destructive Jenny has four minutes of glory and recognition of her talent. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The next German film sensation after The Lives of Others

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This film, being German, inherits the - "duzen" and "Siezen" - of the German language and social custom. Translating it into English is problematic. See more »

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In several sequences where we see Jenny playing the piano, the notes we hear do not correspond to the keys she plays. See more »

Quotes

Gertrud 'Traude' Krüger: Today is my last day. I just want to get my piano.
Kowalski: Tell me, Mrs. Krüger... What do those guys have that others don't?
Gertrud 'Traude' Krüger: One's a murderer and the other raped his niece.
Kowalski: I'll miss you, Mrs. Krüger.
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Brilliant Relationship Drama and 4 minutes you will not forget.
29 October 2006 | by (Heidelberg, Germany) – See all my reviews

Really excellent film - the two leading ladies give stella performance as an elderly piano teacher (with some interesting secrets left over from German war times) and as a young, brilliant, but disturbed, pianist.

The backdrop of a women's prison and its local dramas and characters is a fascinating stage as their relationship develops their pasts come influence their actions and trust is built. (And no, it is not one of those touchy, feely Hollywood set-ups, this has real depth).

The "4 minutes" the title refers to, is a film sequence which I personally found incredible, I still get gooseflesh down my back when I think back to it. The audience in the cinema I saw it spontaneously burst in to applause at the end of the 4 minutes.

All in all a thoroughly worthwhile film, although there is quite a bit of German history, some knowledge of this would be of use and I am not sure how it would translate from the original German. Some excellent comedy intersperses the intensity of the drama – but all credit must go to the main actors. Really good – go see it..


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