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Four Minutes (2006)

Vier Minuten (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Music | 18 April 2008 (USA)
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An elderly piano teacher trains a young convict at a women's penitentiary.

Director:

Chris Kraus

Writer:

Chris Kraus
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Monica Bleibtreu Monica Bleibtreu ... Gertrud 'Traude' Krüger
Hannah Herzsprung ... Jenny von Loeben
Sven Pippig Sven Pippig ... Mütze
Richy Müller ... Kowalski
Jasmin Tabatabai ... Ayse
Stefan Kurt ... Direktor Meyerbeer
Vadim Glowna ... Gerhard von Loeben
Nadja Uhl ... Nadine Hoffmann
Peter Davor Peter Davor ... Journalist Wahrig
Edita Malovcic ... Traude - jung
Christian Koerner ... SS-Sturmbannführer
Kathrin Kestler Kathrin Kestler ... Hannah
Amber Bongard Amber Bongard ... Clara Mütze
Dietrich Hollinderbäumer ... Pater Vincens
Dieter Moor ... TV-Moderator
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In Germany, the elder Frau Traude Krueger gives piano classes in a prison for a few prisoners and the security guard Mütze. When she sees the rebel and aggressive Jenny Von Loeben playing piano, she immediately identifies her potential and offers to teach her for a competition. Frau Krueger finds that Jenny was a prodigy when she was a child; abused when she was a teenager and has been imprisoned for murdering and decapitating a man. Along the period they work together preparing for the exhibition, Frau Krueger discloses secrets about her love in World War II while the self-destructive Jenny has four minutes of glory and recognition of her talent. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The next German film sensation after The Lives of Others

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Drama | Music

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Trivia

Monica Bleibtreu is the mother of actor Moritz Bleibtreu, famous for "Das Experiment" (The Experiment) and "Lola Rennt" (Run, Lola, Run). Monica herself was known for acting in the popular German television series "Tatort". See more »

Goofs

In several sequences where we see Jenny playing the piano, the notes we hear do not correspond to the keys she plays. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gertrud 'Traude' Krüger: I'm very sorry.
Direktor Meyerbeer: About what?
Gertrud 'Traude' Krüger: Them dying.
Direktor Meyerbeer: I'm sorry about how they died.
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References The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »

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The triumph of the individual, even if it means self-destruction...
21 August 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

4 Minutes (2006)

This is the German "Four Minutes" and it's an intense look at a woman's prison and a prisoner who has a gift for playing piano. And then about an older woman who had some undisclosed issues in her past (during WWII) and is now steadfastly teaching piano in the prison. Music contests come along, and the inmate fights all the odds to compete.

That's the surface. Deeper and more interesting are the troubled psyches of the two leads, the younger woman vitriolic and intense (and quite believable), the older woman steely and cold and almost cruel. That they come to terms with one another is a given, sort of (that's what movies typically do), but how that turns on a couple of spectacular (and a little sensationalist) twists at the ends is pretty rousing.

There is great music, conflicts with Nazi and racist overtones, lesbianism, and of course, a rough and tumble prison world in contemporary Germany. That's enough for any good film. It makes it moving and the high stakes are somehow justified by the intense acting. It breaks conventions within a larger cliché of the heroine struggling against the odds. It has an odd and disturbing element about innocence, and this leads further into the psychology of the inmate, but it isn't quite resolved.

But it's all really interesting and provocative. You will probably cheer a little by the end, too.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

18 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuatro minutos See more »

Filming Locations:

Luckau, Brandenburg, Germany See more »

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Budget:

EUR1,400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,315,125
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1.85 : 1
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