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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

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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The next German film sensation after The Lives of Others

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When student Jenny is at Frau Krüger's (b. 1926) home, a picture of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) and one of Wilhelm Furtwängler (1886-1954) can be seen on the wall above the piano. Earlier, we see a picture of Furtwängler when the young Krüger is being coerced by a member of the Nazi party to rebuke her friendship with her then student (circa 1944). 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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Connections

References The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »

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Vier Minuten. Hannah Herzsprung challenges the late Klaus Kinski.
10 September 2009 | by riverbytheseaSee all my reviews

I first saw Hannah Herzsprung in The Reader. It was a nice filler part. I saw her recently in The Baader-Meinhoff Komplex. It was a brief part, but very emotionally powerful. In Vier Minuten I found her performance astounding. It reminded me of Klaus Kinsi's performance in his Jesus Erloeser monologue. Hannah expresses a performance in Vier Minuten that completely makes me believe the frustration of a young woman permanently placed in prison. She has been convicted of murder. I was able to see the sorrow of being in that place, and found compassion for the circumstances. I did experience a sense of apprehension as I viewed the film. It comes down to the energy of the performance Hannah expresses. Don't take this film lightly. It is straight forward and brutally honest.


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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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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,315,125
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Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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