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Winter Sleepers (1997)

Winterschläfer (original title)
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Beautiful blonde translator Rebecca lives with her boyfriend, ski instructor Marco, in a small mountain villa owned by her friend, nurse Laura. Rene, a cinema projectionist, steals Marco's ... See full summary »

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Tom Tykwer

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Anne-Françoise Pyszora (novel), Anne-Françoise Pyszora (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ulrich Matthes ... Rene
Marie-Lou Sellem Marie-Lou Sellem ... Laura
Heino Ferch ... Marco
Floriane Daniel ... Rebecca
Josef Bierbichler ... Theo
Agathe Taffertshofer Agathe Taffertshofer ... Theos Frau
Sophia Dirscherl Sophia Dirscherl ... Theos Tochter (as Sofia Dirscherl)
Simon Donatz Simon Donatz ... Theos Sohn
Jakob Donatz Jakob Donatz ... Theos Sohn
Laura Tonke ... Nina
Werner Schnitzer Werner Schnitzer ... Chefarzt
Sebastian Schipper ... Otto
Robert Meyer Robert Meyer ... Polizist
Harry Täschner Harry Täschner ... Gerichtsvollzieher
Walter Anichhofer Walter Anichhofer ... Souffleur
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Beautiful blonde translator Rebecca lives with her boyfriend, ski instructor Marco, in a small mountain villa owned by her friend, nurse Laura. Rene, a cinema projectionist, steals Marco's car while in a daze and gets into a car crash with local farmer Theo, whose daughter, after being in coma for a time, dies. Rene suffers from partial short term memory loss and starts a relationship with Laura. Meanwhile Marco is looking for the man who stole his car and Theo - for the man who killed his daughter... Written by JRS <jruizs@prodigy.net.mx>

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

30 October 1997 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Winter Sleepers See more »

Filming Locations:

Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

DEM 36,414 (Germany), 2 January 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,818, 19 March 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$316,431, 27 August 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The characters are color-coded. See more »

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When Marco is falling, the parachute on his back is clearly visible. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Memento (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

For Piano and Violin
from "Tabula Rasa"
Written by Arvo Pärt
Performed by Gidon Kremer, Keith Jarrett
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Slow But Beautiful Looking Coincidences
8 October 2005 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

I went to see "Winter Sleepers (Winterschläfer)" only because it's the same director as "Run Lola Run," though it turned out to be pre-"Lola."

It plays with the same theme of coincidences, though not with "what if's" of Lola or "Sliding Doors" or others in the genre. Rather, the audience knows what connects random people together to understand the misunderstandings and connections.

It's slow at spots (too much stuff that's almost French movie satires of a couple not looking at each other and smoking away) but the directing otherwise is very non-Hollywood intriguing, swooping and looking in at such odd angles, creating tension from a neat VERY unpredictable plot involving basically five or so people in a beautiful Bavaria.

I had no idea the German Alps could be so breathtakingly beautiful -- absolutely terrific stunts that will look puny if you see it on cable or video.

The pop soundtrack is again in English, but the director co-wrote the ambient music that is also used very-non-Hollywood in how it comments and builds up on the tension.

It's a bit long but a nice relief from too many Hollywood movies.(originally written 4/23/2000)


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