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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
Christian Koerner ...
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 »

Goofs

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

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Gerhard von Loeben: I hope you win, Jenny.
Jenny von Loeben: I hope you die, Daddy.
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incredibly good film
27 July 2007 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

I won't bore you with many words on this film: just go and see it. it is incredible. when I saw it at the cinema, at the end people clapped hands like in a theater. DON'T MISS IT.

the old and very severe Traude Krueger gives piano lessons in a prison and happens to notice the solitary, violent and rebellious but extremely talented Jenny and decides to make her participate (and surely win) in a piano competition facing all the problems of jenny's state as a prisoner and of their relationship (passing from indifference and not-liking each other to appreciation and a sort of friendship). the film alternates the present events and scenes from the also tormented past of the old teacher during the Nazi period. it shows the importance of not only punishing prisoners but the need of rehabilitation, of giving them a target, a dream in their otherwise useless lives.


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