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Winter Sleepers (1997)

Cast: Ulrich Matthes, Ulrich Matthes, Marie-Lou Sellem, more...
Director: Tom Tykwer, Tom Tykwer
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Germany
Running Time: 124 min.
Languages: German
Subtitles: English
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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. ~ Derek Armstrong, All Movie Guide

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I liked this better than Run Lola Run by aloft November 7, 2003 - 5:45 PM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
For one it explores the same premise of how small "butterfly wings" can cause great storms, but in my opinion it does it in a much more realistic and interesting way, simply by being less "wild" about it, and spending more time on the development of the characters, which were quite interesting and fun to watch. There are some things that I did not really care about. I am still not sold on Tykwer's directorial style, though it is very interesting to say the least. One thing I did enjoy about this movie was the aesthetic balance of the scenes, and the characters in them. The way the two main women characters had a colour scheme of sorts was a nice touch, and not overdone. The pacing was perfect for my taste. I never found myself losing interesting, but at the same time things were rarely rushed. There were a few scenes where I found myself wishing the camera had just held on a bit longer to capture the flavour of a scene, but nothing major. All in all it was a good story, and it will cause you to think a bit about the consequences of the little things you do, and how these little things impact the world. Everything we know is a culmination of these little things.

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(Average 6.67)
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