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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 »

Director:

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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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

References A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) See more »

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For Eight Cellos
Written by Arvo Pärt
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The Cycle of Life Through the Lives of Five Persons
28 August 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

This movie pictures the life of five characters connect by a car accident in a snowing road, provoked by the projectionist Rene (Ulrich Matthes) and the broken farmer Theo (Josef Bierbichler). Rene is a kind of melancholic intellectual, who has amnesia problem and takes picture of the most important events of his life to recall them. One night he drinks too much and steals the car of the ski trainer Marco (Heino Ferch) just for fun. Due to a lack of attention of Theo on the road, there is a dreadful accident, when his young daughter is seriously hurt in the head. She is sent to a hospital without the necessary resources for such a case, but she is unable to be transferred to another suitable place due to the bad weather and her conditions. The nurse in charge of the young girl is Laura (Marie-Lou Sellen), an anorexic woman full of problems and inferiority complex due to her body, who lives in a house inherited from her grandmother with her friend Rebecca (the delicious and sexy Floriane Daniel). Rebecca works in translation, usually wears red colored clothes and has a kind of engagement (indeed their relationship is limited to sex) with Marco. He is a typical unfaithful male man, sexually chasing the women trained by him and being an empty person. The story is a kind of metaphor with the cycle of life, through the lives of five persons with different attitudes and behavior, who are linked by an incident, having death and birth but with life going on. The direction and the performance of the cast are excellent and the photography is wonderful. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): `Winter Sleepers – Inverno Quente' (`Winter Sleepers – Hot Winter')


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