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Winter Sleepers (1997)




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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.more
Rating: R (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Anne-Francoise Pyszora, Tom Tykwer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 7, 2000

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Critic Reviews for Winter Sleepers

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (9)

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review… | January 1, 1997
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | August 8, 2008
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Full Review… | April 27, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

A strong, atmospheric companion piece to Tykwer's Run Lola Run and a precursor to Memento.

January 17, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Winter Sleepers

A great ensemble story from the director of Run Lola Run.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


Intertwining interconnectedness or interconnected intertwinings. The twists of fate in the lives of several people in Germany. And there's snow. There are no winners in this one, except maybe two people.

Alaine B

The Tykwer touches are there, but he has applied them to a story involving 5 unwatchable characters.

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