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Winter Sleepers (1997)

Winterschläfer (original title)
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Setting in a small mountain town, a man, looking for revenge because of his daughter's accidentally killing, mistakenly track out a young couple, troubling with their ordinary life problems.

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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 USA:

$21,818, 19 March 2000

Gross USA:

$323,041

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$323,041
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Marco is falling, the parachute on his back is clearly visible. See more »

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Referenced in Memento (2000) See more »

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For Strings and Percussion
Written by Arvo Pärt
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I have seen only a few German films and I have liked every single one
2 December 2001 | by evangelineSee all my reviews

Naturally, everybody saw "Run Lola Run" and liked it, just as I did.

And movieplexes, eager to cash in, probably scrambled for other T.Tykwer films, which is how and way the Century Landmark Theatre in Chicago was quick to put on "Winter Sleepers"

And it only lasted 2 weeks.

Which makes me very lucky to have seen it! It was a momentous surprise- just as much "Run Lola..." was dynamic and restless, this was dreamy and magical...

Scene after scene of quiet country life- often of desperation and lost chances and graet sorrow- and often wildly sexy. I usually take love scenes in movies as a simple plot device and hardly they are more than transparent tricks to keep one's attention on ( besides wall to wall soundtrack and car chases). Having said that, I have to admit that I hardly get so wound up after a movie love scene, as I did in this one, but here they were so intense and unforgettable ..

I also loved the fact that the film did not have a major plot line, following the standard Aristotellian curve- it just was and it ended without major fireworks, because this is how life is- it happens, it flows, it is felt, it is sometimes understood, it runs forward or slowly passes by, but it is almost never simplified to a beginning and a middle and an end. Very few films ever grasp this concept or very few filmmakers can relate it, but that is why film is such an elusive art.


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