Winter Sleepers
Entertainment: +1 1/2
Acceptability: -3

[This film was not rated by the MPAA - expected rating is based on content]

In a small German skiing village, the lives of five people intersect and set off a domino effect of mind-boggling events. Rebecca (Floriane Daniel), a translator, rooms with Laura (Marie-Lou Sellem), a nurse and aspiring actress. Rebeccas boyfriend, Marco (Heino Ferch), is a local ski instructor whose new car is stolen by Rene (Ulrich Matthes). In a drunken stupor, Rene takes it for a joyride. Meanwhile, Theo (Josef Bierbichler), a local farmer, hitches up his horse trailer and takes the animal to the vet. But Theo doesnt know that his young daughter sneaked into the trailer to accompany them. And, they are on a collision course with the drunk and speeding Rene. But their meeting sets off a chain of events with far reaching consequences. This German drama with English subtitles is an older work of director Tom Tykwer just being released in the U.S. His great gift in filmmaking is evident here. While the story and characters struggle to hold their own, the film is beautiful to watch. Tykwers use of color and other visual clues moves the story along. Unfortunately, all of his talents wont be enough to draw large crowds for this one.

The film powerfully illustrates the oddities of life; how one or two completely unrelated events can draw people together. Several different things have to happen just right for any of the events in the film to occur, and while the events are all believable, the story encourages the what if this didnt happen kind of questions. Just as in real life when these kinds of events take place, especially as Christians, we must simply place our trust in God, believing that He has a larger plan which is often veiled to humans. Since the dialogue is in German, no English foul language is spoken, but a number of obscenities are translated in the subtitles. The movie also features three sex scenes which are graphic and include female breast nudity. Another scene portrays a womans self-gratification and her reactions. The translated obscenities and sexual content leave WINTER SLEEPERS out in the cold.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Distributor: Winstar Cinema, 419 Park Ave. South, NY, NY 10016

Crude Language: Few (4) times Mild 3, moderate 1
Obscene Language: Many (12) times - F-word 1, s-word 10, other 1
Profanity: Several (5) times Regular 2 (G), Exclamatory 3 (OG, MG)
Violence: Few times Moderate (girl injured/ bleeding from car accident, man punched, man attacked by dog)
Sexual Intercourse: Few times Graphic (unmarried couples in bed - three times with nudity)
Nudity: Several times (female breast and male rear in sex scene, female breast/ full male frontal in bedroom); Near nudity Once (woman in bra)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few times (womans self-gratification, reference to affair)
Drug Abuse: Several times (smoking, alcohol)
Other: Sounds of urinating; woman vomits; man cheats on girlfriend
Running Time: 124 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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