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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
Anna Fin ...
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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The CDs that Ben has in his car are "A Kind of Closure" by Tram, "One Minute Science" by Sunna, "Pure" by The Golden Palominos, "The Greyest of Blue Skies" by Finger Eleven, and of course "13 Ways to Bleed on Stage" by Cold, which Ben and Peter talk about. See more »

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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 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) See more »

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Montag 10 Uhr 15
Music & Lyrics by Christoph Schwarz
Performed by Peter Engel
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Beautiful little film about love, music and proper resolutions in life
6 February 2007 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at it's German premiere in Munich and was quite positively surprised.

Ben is getting dumped by his girlfriend per video message and starts with some interesting plans for his future: He will start to smoke, he will never sleep again (that's what the title Schlaflos refers to) and he will keep on driving far, far away. Until he meets Peter of course whose love to music and good will nature might bring him back on a more healthy path in life.

Schlaflos tells an interesting little story about life, love and music. And especially music, the love for it and it's ability to change your life plays a really big part in it and therefore the film is crammed with a lot of good and well produced songs from some upcoming Austrian bands.

I liked the musician Peter quite a lot who has some of the best lines in the film, which is filled with some warm humored dialog with quite some references to modern day pop culture and even (as it plays in Salzburg) The Sound of Music. Kudos especially to one of the greatest McDonalds fan speeches ever and that drunken guy at the bar telephone. I'm still not exactly sure about leading role Ben as he is just a bit to much Mr. Everybody for me to really be engaging for me.

The film works quite well in it's 40 odd minute runtime. It's never boring and neither does it feel rushed at any point.

It's technically well produced with good sound and lighting. The only thing here that's really disturbing might be Peter, when he's singing. Not that is voice is bad or so, the problem is that you will instantly hear that it's not his own. That said, I have to say again that the song's that he's singing are pretty damn good, with or without the right singing voice.

OK, let's come to an end. If you have the chance to see this uplifting film anywhere then give it a try, otherwise you might just start smoking and drive into the endless night.


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