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Winterschlaefer (Winter Sleepers) is the sophomore effort from German director Tom Tykwer, released a year before Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run) won him international acclaim for its unique look and storytelling methods. Winter Sleepers follows a blizzard-filled winter in the lives of a handful of mountain town denizens: Marco (Heino Ferch), a dashing ski instructor; Rebecca (Floriane Daniel), his receptionist girlfriend; Laura (Marie-Lou Sellem), a nurse who is Rebecca's roommate; and Rene (Ulrich Matthes), a ...
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Winterschlaefer (Winter Sleepers) is the sophomore effort from German director Tom Tykwer, released a year before Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run) won him international acclaim for its unique look and storytelling methods. Winter Sleepers follows a blizzard-filled winter in the lives of a handful of mountain town denizens: Marco (Heino Ferch), a dashing ski instructor; Rebecca (Floriane Daniel), his receptionist girlfriend; Laura (Marie-Lou Sellem), a nurse who is Rebecca's roommate; and Rene (Ulrich Matthes), a mysterious stranger who takes up with Laura. Before meeting them, Rene has unknowingly set into motion a tragedy that will affect the others' lives. While driving on an icy road (in Marco's stolen car), he swerves into the path of a destitute farmer taking his horse to the doctor, flipping the farmer's vehicle and sending his own careening down a snowy hillside. Rene emerges from the wreck unharmed, forgetting what has happened due to an old war injury that has damaged his ability to make short-term memories. When the farmer, Theo (Josef Bierbichler), emerges later to find that his young daughter had stowed away in the truck, and has been left comatose by the accident, he determines to track down the other driver. Meanwhile, not long after beginning his affair with Laura, Rene triggers Marco's jealousy when it seems Rebecca has feelings for him, prompting several tempestuous exchanges.
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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Strange coincidences lurk just under the surface in Winter Sleepers, a sexy, multi-layered mystery from German director Tom Tykwer Run Lola Run. A ski instructor Heino Ferch, his girlfriend Floriane Daniel, and her roommate Marie-Lou Sellem find their lives oddly intertwined with a mysterious movie projectionist Ulrich Matthes and a despondent farmer Josef Bierbichler whose daughter has been left in a coma as the result of a recent car accident. The enigmatic storyline unfolds quite slowly, and Tykwer's magnificently fluid and inventive tracking shots, as well as his extensive use of parallel action, create an odd resonance between scenes that escalates the tension. Adding to the film's hypnotic tone is a brilliant soundtrack that freely mixes techno-style music with the ethereal sounds of the great Estonian composer Arvo Part. By the end, Winter Sleepers may leave some viewers with more questions than answers, but Tykwer's mastery of the medium makes it well worth the ride.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • UPC: 720917525525
  • Original Release: 1997
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  • Source: Fox Lorber
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: Deutsche
  • Time: 2:04:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ulrich Matthes Rene
Marie-Lou Sellem Laura
Floriane Daniel Rebecca
Heino Ferch Marco
Josef Bierbichler Theo
Laura Tonke Nina
Technical Credits
Tom Tykwer Director, Score Composer, Screenwriter
Stefan Arndt Producer
Andorthe Braker Casting
Katja Dringenberg Editor
Sebastian Fahr Asst. Director
Frank Griebe Cinematographer
Reinhold Heil Score Composer
Johnny Klimek Score Composer
Aphrodite Kondos Costumes/Costume Designer
Matthias Lempert Sound/Sound Designer
Alexander Manasse Art Director
Anne-Francoise Pyszora Screenwriter
Arno Wilms Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

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0. Scene Access
1. Introductions [:32]
2. Fainting Spell [6:03]
3. Accident [7:07]
4. Emergency Surgery [9:39]
5. Opening Night [6:07]
6. "Let Me Move In" [10:12]
7. At The Movies [6:54]
8. Haircut [7:20]
9. Still Searching [2:41]
10. Pictures Tell The Story [5:44]
11. Sad News [8:52]
12. 3 Good Years [5:03]
13. Becky Breaks Down [6:01]
14. Party at the Bar [4:33]
15. The Car [4:29]
16. Over the Edge [6:58]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lotsa odd symbolism here

    This whole movie seems, well, kinda sleepy, but it's not boring. The first time I watched it, I missed a lot of things, kind of getting hooked on the idea of lying and deceit in Berchtesgaden. I watched it again about a week later and noticed a whole lot of odd things. All the characters wear the same colors in every scene. People say the same thing, only subtly changing the phrasing. The same places are shown again and again, with only a slight change of viewpoint. I don't think there is any sunlit scene in the movie, and the night-time scenes are intimate, but bright. Like "Lone Star" I think there's a lot more than a cursory viewing is likely to relay. Like the Al Pacino version of "Insomnia", this movie is worth watching just for the photography and scenery. Winter in Bavaria is beautiful and this movie shows that stunningly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfectly evocative of it's wintery landscape

    Forget the comparisons to Run Lola Run (an excellent film in it's own right)...Tykwer's second film is anything but a sophmoric effort. Set in a sleepy German hill town in the midst of winter, this film is a great mix of drama, mystery and occasional humor. Perfectly evocative of it's wintery landscape. A must-see!

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