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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.

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Chris Kraus

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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

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Drama | Music

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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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Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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incredibly good film
27 July 2007 | by brilocatSee all my reviews

I won't bore you with many words on this film: just go and see it. it is incredible. when I saw it at the cinema, at the end people clapped hands like in a theater. DON'T MISS IT.

the old and very severe Traude Krueger gives piano lessons in a prison and happens to notice the solitary, violent and rebellious but extremely talented Jenny and decides to make her participate (and surely win) in a piano competition facing all the problems of jenny's state as a prisoner and of their relationship (passing from indifference and not-liking each other to appreciation and a sort of friendship). the film alternates the present events and scenes from the also tormented past of the old teacher during the Nazi period. it shows the importance of not only punishing prisoners but the need of rehabilitation, of giving them a target, a dream in their otherwise useless lives.


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