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Schlaflos (2006)

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After the break-up with his girlfriend Sylvia, Ben meets musician Peter with whom he develops a helpful friendship.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Maximilian Simonischek ...
Ben (as Max Simonischek)
Stefan Murr ...
Peter Engel
Anika Julien ...
Sofia Winter
Jean-Luc Julien ...
Phil Winter
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Nadja
Sandra Jozipovic ...
Sylvia
Birgit Salkin ...
Simone
Christoph Schwarz ...
Musiker #1 - Das 'Handtuch'
Otto Neumaier ...
Musiker #2 - Der 'Herr Kollege'
Wolfgang Görtschacher ...
Iggy
Christian Haslecker ...
Betrunkener
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In order to deal with the break-up with his girlfriend Sylvia, Ben decides to take drastic measures: He will start smoking. He will sit down in his car and drive aimlessly into the night. And he will never sleep again. During a stopover at a fast food restaurant, however, Ben's plans seem to fail: Peter, a travelling musician, wants to hitchhike to Salzburg to play at an open-mic night in a bar. Peter's openness and his zest for life soon put Ben's denial to a very hard test ... Written by Christian Genzel

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Mit Rauchen anfangen. Weg von hier. Und nie wieder schlafen. (Start smoking. Leave. And never sleep again.)

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10 November 2006 (Austria)  »

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Peter Engel's guitar is named Zooey as a tribute to actress Zooey Deschanel. Furthermore, J.D. Salinger's book "Franny and Zooey" is a favorite of director Christian Genzel. See more »

Quotes

Ben: [points to Phil and Sofia's video camera] Why not just make a few photos? Or send a postcard?
Sofia Winter: A videotape's much more personal.
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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Love, Again
Music & Lyrics by Christoph Schwarz
Performed by Betty's Apartment
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Different ways to deal with broken dreams
1 March 2008 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

"Schlaflos" shows that a good film can be made with little money. The movie takes the normal situation of a girl breaking up with her boyfriend and exaggerates it. We learn how Ben (played by Max Simonischek) tries to deal with this situation: he decides to start smoking, to drive into the night and to never sleep again. Fortunately, he meets the musician Peter (Stefan Murr) on the way, who tries to cheer him up. He has also lost someone dear and understands Ben's problem. The movie shows how both of them deal with their problems and help each other. "Schlaflos" is a movie about lost love and music and features some very interesting and well written characters. It plays with the expectations of the audience, sometimes answering them, sometimes not. Peter and Ben are quite interesting characters, especially because they are so different (at least at the first glimpse). Still, I have to agree with the other members that Ben is too much "Mr. Everybody", here there would still have been some room for improvement. But apart from that, I can only say that I really liked the movie. 8/10


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