Four Minutes (2007)
Critic Consensus: This riveting German drama set in a women's prison has the strong foundation of a solid script and psychologically resonant performances across the board.
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as Traude Kruger
as Jenny von Loeben
as Warden Meyerbeer
as Gerhard von Loeben
as Nadine Hoffman
as Journalist Wahrig
as Young Traude
as Clara Mutze
as Father Vincens
as TV Moderator
Critic Reviews for Four Minutes
So relentlessly oppressive it suffocates its potentially strong themes and characterizations.
A women-behind-bars plot seething with lesbianism, incest, hanging and catfights -- on paper, at least, Four Minutes promises more fun than a Roger Corman marathon.
Pitched at deafening hysteria, Chris Kraus's film might have fared better in moderato.
Audience Reviews for Four Minutes
The next German film sensation after The Lives of Others Touching The story of how a piano teacher has her life changed and changes the life of her student through music. An amazing story, touching, very deep, and emotional turn out great, one of the best german movies ive seen so far. The acting is amazing, the lead actresses incorporate strong characters with strong personality that emits and touches the audience strongly. The directing is fantastic. However there are some scenes and things behind the movie that are very symbolic and therefore hard to understand, but nevertheless its a very touching movie. Jenny Von Loben : Sorry
A little slow at times, but all in all a really good movie. The girl the movie is based around is really psychotic, but amazingly talented. I feel so sorry for her in the way that her life turned out. This movie had a really awesome ending. I felt like standing up and cheering for her myself
Vier Minuten was a powerful German movie, the story of two women who had nothing in common but their passion for music. The beginning was quite confusing, but provocative and after ten minutes, the story became interesting with the development of the characters, supported by magnificent performances and wonderful cinematography. There were some sub plots concerning their past, but it was more about these two characters coming from different generations and backgrounds,and how the both of them benefit from their experience.The movie had some excellent pieces of classical music. A must to see.
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