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Schlafes Bruder (1995)

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 »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Elias
... Elsbeth
... Peter
... Köhler Michel
... Kurat Benzer / Curate Benzer
... Oskar
Michaela Rosen ... Seffin
... Seff
... Lukas
... Nulf
... Nulfin
Angelika Bartsch ... Burga
Lena Stolze ... Oskarin
... Haintz
... Hebamme / Midwife
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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. Having heard of "the prodigy in the alps", a music master seeks out Elias and invites him to an organ challenge in the town where the villagers relocated. Elias ... Written by Thomas Meyer <i03a@zfn.uni-bremen.de>

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Wer liebt, schläft nicht.

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

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Soundtrack available on Ariola
Published by Blanko Musikverlag München, Hage Hein
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Interesting, but...
27 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

...if I see another movie about a gay man obsessively in love with a straight man, I think I'll scream. Enough, already!!! I mean the object of desire in this case is not even that good-looking! The gay man was better looking, in fact. That said, I did find this an interesting movie and certainly one worth watching at least once, despite the over-the-top acting of most of the main players. It does have beautiful cinematography, an interesting score, and some effective moments (especially the scenes on the rock). What could easily be termed 'an interesting failure'.


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