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Brother of Sleep (1995)

Schlafes Bruder (original title)
In the beginning of the 19th century, Johannes Elias Alder is born in a small village in the Austrian mountains. While growing up he is considered strange by the other villagers and ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph Vilsmaier

Writers:

Robert Schneider (novel), Robert Schneider (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
André Eisermann ... Elias
Dana Vávrová ... Elsbeth
Ben Becker ... Peter
Jochen Nickel ... Köhler Michel
Jürgen Schornagel ... Kurat Benzer / Curate Benzer
Paulus Manker ... Oskar
Michaela Rosen Michaela Rosen ... Seffin
Peter Franke ... Seff
Detlef Bothe ... Lukas
Michael Mendl ... Nulf
Eva Mattes ... Nulfin
Angelika Bartsch Angelika Bartsch ... Burga
Lena Stolze ... Oskarin
Heinz Emigholz ... Haintz
Regina Fritsch ... Hebamme / Midwife
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Storyline

In the beginning of the 19th century, Johannes Elias Alder is born in a small village in the Austrian mountains. While growing up he is considered strange by the other villagers and discovers his love of music, especially rebuilding and playing the organ at the village church. After experiencing an "acoustic wonder", his eye color changes and he can hear even the most subtle sounds. Elias falls in platonic love with Elsbeth, the sister of Peter, a neighbor's son, who has longstanding homosexual feelings towards Elias. After Elsbeth, out of frustration from Elias' not returning her love and instead being obsessed with music, chooses to be impregnated and marries someone else who lose love she had spurned for Elias. The village burns and most villagers, including Elsbeth, evacuate to the closest town. Elias remains behind. A music master with the official task to register all the organs in the country arrives at the burnt village. There he discovers Elias' prodigy and invites him to an ... Written by Thomas Meyer <i03a@zfn.uni-bremen.de>

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Wer liebt, schläft nicht.

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent and disturbing images, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The only German film to ever be released on LaserDisc in the "squeezed" widescreen-edition. See more »

Soundtracks

Soundtrack available on Ariola
Published by Blanko Musikverlag München, Hage Hein
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Very intense
20 April 2004 | by katji_bSee all my reviews

While certainly to many American viewers this film lacks the flare of Hollywood, but that's what it so exquisite about it. I am not exactly a film connoisseur, I am American foreign film fan and I know that this film probably does not appeal to the general public. However for those who like psychological thrillers and

stories about misunderstood and socially inept geniuses, this is amazing.

The music and cinematography is fantastic. Plus this film incorporated 3 of my favorite German actors. The way that the sound was utilized is just unbelievable as well.

For the intellectuals out there who appreciate art in all things, rent or buy this one.


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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

13 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az álom testvére See more »

Filming Locations:

Bludenz, Vorarlberg, Austria See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$97,848

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,848
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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