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      Brother of Sleep

      R 1995 2h 8m Drama Romance Musical List
      71% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 79% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Relationships with a woman (Dana Vavrova) and an adoring friend (Ben Becker) overwhelm a 19th-century Austrian peasant (Andre Eisermann), a musical genius. Read More Read Less

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      Globe and Mail Rated: 3/4 Apr 12, 2002 Full Review James Berardinelli ReelViews Rated: 3/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Rob Nelson Boston Phoenix The film's real pleasure isn't its humor so much as its overall excess, the tone it projects of several major chords being struck at once. Sep 5, 2009 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It's Wagnerian without reaching any romantic intimacy or the mythology of the Ring Cycle. Rated: C+ Feb 19, 2004 Full Review Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal Rated: 2/5 Aug 22, 2003 Full Review Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality & Practice Visually stunning and dramatically absorbing portrait of a tormented musical genius. Aug 29, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Visually stunning but indecisive in its narration. The film never really reaches its peak. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member although a a little uneven at times, this is a very unique and hypnotic film Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Amazing, extraordinary, unforgettable. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member "Schlafes Bruder" is one of my most favourite novels and the movie is just as amazing. The actors are intense! It is about Elias, born in a mountain village in the 19th century, which were pretty much isolated from the outside world (hence the inbreed-problem depicted here). Born into this miserable life it is only the singsong of the midwife that convinces him to breathe and live. Although musical education is completely absent there he soon turns out to be a musical genius and is experiencing a painfull transformation which improves his sense of hearing even more. But he's neither given the chance to tap his full potential nor marry his love Elsbeth much due to the misanthropic environment he was born into. Believing that someone who loves must not sleep he dies of sleep deprivation and the consequences of usage of natural drugs such as fly agaric, because he hoped they would keep him awake. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Great looking German film, with lovely touches (open incest, WONDERFUL organ music, the set design) and a confused plotline. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member vilsmaier for president Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Relationships with a woman (Dana Vavrova) and an adoring friend (Ben Becker) overwhelm a 19th-century Austrian peasant (Andre Eisermann), a musical genius.
      Joseph Vilsmaier
      Drama, Romance, Musical
      Original Language
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      2h 8m
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