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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rene
Marie-Lou Sellem ... Laura
... Marco
... Rebecca
... Theo
Agathe Taffertshofer ... Theos Frau
Sophia Dirscherl ... Theos Tochter (as Sofia Dirscherl)
Simon Donatz ... Theos Sohn
Jakob Donatz ... Theos Sohn
... Nina
Werner Schnitzer ... Chefarzt
... Otto
Robert Meyer ... Polizist
Harry Täschner ... Gerichtsvollzieher
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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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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When Marco is falling, the parachute on his back is clearly visible. See more »

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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
from "Tabula Rasa"
Written by Arvo Pärt
Performed by the Staatsorchester Stuttgart
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This is great cinema from a country that isn't known for it
17 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

I had seen "Lola Rennt" before and I remember that I liked a lot (I even bought it on DVD). So when I got the chance to see another movie from Tom Tykwer I didn't think twice and watched it. Although it is very hard to compare both movies, I must say that I liked this movie even a bit more.

In this movie we meet five people who, at first sight, don't seem to have much in common, but faith and love brings them all together. You'll see Rebecca. She's a translator who lives with her boyfriend, a ski instructor and a real womanizer, in a villa owned by her friend Laura, a nurse. Marco's car is stolen by Rene, a local cinema projectionist, who suffers from amnesia. He still knows everything that happened in the past but can't remember recent facts. While he's driving Marco's car, he causes an awful accident with a local farmer called Theo. Theo's daughter ends up in a coma and is rushed to the hospital where Laura works, where she dies later on. In the mean time Laura has fallen in love with Rene, who doesn't know what has happened. And Theo, who can't accept his daughter's death, tries everything to find the man who caused the accident and killed his daughter, so he can punish him...

What makes this movie so good is the combination of some very fine acting, a great choice of music, very beautiful images and a touching story. If you like movies like "21 Grams" than you definitely have to see this one as well. This is the kind of movie that will never be a great success in the multiplexes, but that will be loved by all who like to see a movie with some depth. You know what I mean, it doesn't have to be art-cinema, but not the 36th sequel of a movie based on a comic book either.

This is honest and sincere cinema from a country that isn't exactly very well known for it. Although I know several German movies that are more than just worth a watch ("Der Untergang" and "Lola Rennt" are two others), German movies aren't as well known or famous as the ones from Spain and Sweden and to a lesser extent France. Nevertheless Tom Tykwer proves with this one what a good director he is and that's why I can recommend it to everybody who likes to see some good, European cinema. I give it an 8.5/10.


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