Schlafes Bruder / Brother of Sleep (1995) [Re-UP]

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Schlafes Bruder / Brother of Sleep (1995) [Re-UP]

Schlafes Bruder (1995)
DVD9 Custom | VIDEO_TS | PAL 16:9 | Cover + DVD Scan | 02:06:49 | 7,44 Gb
Audio: German AC3 5.1 @ 384 Kbps | Subtitles: German, English (added)
Genre: Art-house, Drama

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier
Stars: André Eisermann, Dana Vávrová, Ben Becker

In the beginning of the 19th century, Johannes Elias Alder is born in a small village in the Austrian mountains. While growing up he is considered strange by the other villagers and discovers his love to music, especially to playing the organ at the local church. After experiencing an "acoustic wonder", his eye color changes and he can hear even the most subtle sounds. Elias falls in platonic love with Elsbeth, the sister of Peter, a neighbor's son, who has loving feelings towards Elias ever since. After Elsbeth marries someone else, Elias (aged 22) decides to end his life by not sleeping anymore.

Schlafes Bruder / Brother of Sleep (1995) [Re-UP]

In a sleepy, snowbound Alpine village sometime in the early 19th century, a child is born. The child squalls and cries until the day of its christening. The second the church choir begins to sing, the child goes silent.

Schlafes Bruder / Brother of Sleep (1995) [Re-UP]

Little Elias Alder (André Eisermann) grows up in the tiny rural village of Eschberg with an unusual gift. Elias is a musical genius with a special ear for "the Music of the Spheres." He can literally "hear" the world around him. The brooding, quiet youth is shunned by the village people and hated by the local music teacher, who recognizes, all too well, Elias' unique talent. As Elias ascends to manhood, his only friend is Peter (Ben Becker), another village boy who appreciates the special youth's abilities with a more-than-brotherly love. A complication develops in this odd relationship when Peter's mother gives birth to another child, a girl named Elsbeth. Elias comes to love Elsbeth (Dana Vávrová), because he knows that their hearts "beat with the same rhythm."

Schlafes Bruder / Brother of Sleep (1995) [Re-UP]

In adulthood, this complicated love triangle reaches a fever pitch. Jealous of Elias' devotion to his art, Elsbeth runs off with another man. Furious over Elias' love for his sister, Peter performs a desperate and cowardly act. And, unable to return anyone's love in kind, Elias vows to "never sleep again."

Schlafes Bruder / Brother of Sleep (1995) [Re-UP]

Austrian director Joseph Vilsmaier has created (from Robert Schneider's 1992 novel) a lyrical compression of the gritty and the beautiful. Europeans seem to have a special talent for documenting the dirty, greasy details of pre-industrial life. In Brother of Sleep, the hard, working-class life of the Eschberg villagers is contrasted with the musical world that Elias hears in everyday life (the steady beat of hearts, the heavy drop of rain). Vilsmaier's camera (he functions as both director and photographer) soars through the snow and the rain, over the tops of the Alps and down the thatched roofs of the tiny village. The cinematography is quite stunning–a perfect complement to the film's soaring musical score.

Schlafes Bruder / Brother of Sleep (1995) [Re-UP]

The three main characters are all well thesped. Eisermann as the central Elias projects, memorably, the sort of otherworldly distance that most true geniuses must radiate. Becker as the loyal Peter flows through his character's many moods, from adoration to jealousy without resorting to mooniness or histrionics. And in the role of Elsbeth, Vávrová manages to glow through the dirt and rags of early 1700s peasant life, emerging as a believable object of affection.

Schlafes Bruder / Brother of Sleep (1995) [Re-UP]

Robert Schneider's script (adapted from his own novel) is honest and believable with just a hint of what might be termed "magical realism." The film's finale, in which Elias performs his music on a massive church organ at a competition in Vienna, is a stunner. Lovers of art, music or beauty should not miss their chance to see this intricate rumination on misunderstood (and underappreciated) genius.
Schlafes Bruder / Brother of Sleep (1995) [Re-UP]

While certainly to many American viewers this film lacks the flare of Hollywood, but that's what it so exquisite about it. I am not exactly a film connoisseur, I am American foreign film fan and I know that this film probably does not appeal to the general public. However for those who like psychological thrillers and

stories about misunderstood and socially inept geniuses, this is amazing.

The music and cinematography is fantastic. Plus this film incorporated 3 of my favorite German actors. The way that the sound was utilized is just unbelievable as well.

For the intellectuals out there who appreciate art in all things, rent or buy this one.
IMDB Reviewer
Schlafes Bruder / Brother of Sleep (1995) [Re-UP]

Special Features:
- 'Making of' documentary (in German w/o subs)
- Photogallery
- Trailer

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