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
Wolfgang Görtschacher teaches English literature at the University of Salzburg. Christian Genzel, who took some of his classes, convinced him to play the small part of Iggy, the bar owner. In the screenplay, Iggy plays poker with some friends, but Görtschacher brought his set of dice and started to play with some of the extras. Genzel liked their interaction so much that he asked the crew to shoot the scene without telling the actors that the camera was rolling. See more »
[points to Phil and Sofia's video camera]
Why not just make a few photos? Or send a postcard?
A videotape's much more personal.
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"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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