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      Sleeping Sickness

      2011 1h 31m Drama List
      Reviews 37% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Ebbo and Vera live in Africa a long time as they work for Ebbo on a long job. However, Vera wants to return to Europe to be close to her daughter, who is studying at a boarding school. Read More Read Less

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      Radheyan Simonpillai NOW Toronto Rated: 3/5 Mar 30, 2012 Full Review Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine Trans-global cross-currents and the continued practice of neo-colonialism are what's at stake in Ulrich Khler's haunting, oneiric Sleeping Sickness. Oct 1, 2011 Full Review Joseph Walsh CineVue Sleeping Sickness is ultimately a dull film hiding under the pretence of arthouse cinema. Rated: 2/5 Aug 29, 2018 Full Review Kent Turner Film-Forward.com Shot in Cameroon, the multi-prism film is thoroughly European in its perspective of Africa, the real star, while calling into question Western attitudes toward developing nations. Rated: 3/4 Oct 5, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Must be a timing thing. I really liked this set & setting, and the story too as I remember it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review eric a Yes, this was excellent film-making. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member It is a French-speaking German film about life of development work in a land far away told through several people involved in it especially how it affects the personal life the lead character who dispensed with his family and the end he encountered after being stubborn with the work he continued instead of return to his home country. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member "Sleeping Sickness" cuenta la historia de dos doctores europeos en Africa y a pesar de que podría haberse convertido fácilmente en un melodrama político acerca de la intervención extranjera y la falta de recursos, esta se enfoca en sus personajes y nunca se vuelve manipuladora. Los doctores y sus historias son interesantes y aunque la cinta no sabe resolver su conflicto principal y su final se siente un tanto abrupto, "Sleeping Sickness" es estimulante en su manera directa de abordar sus temas. Es una coproducción alemana que vale la pena ver. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member The experience of watching this movie felt like reading a sophisticated poem. It seems gibberish at first. Then it suddenly appears profound. Just when you start to recognize the hidden motifs, you feel lost again. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Did not disappoint at all. An intoxicating thriller about losing humanity in the heart of corruptible Africa that will not be seen and pigeon-holed in the "arthouse" category. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Ebbo and Vera live in Africa a long time as they work for Ebbo on a long job. However, Vera wants to return to Europe to be close to her daughter, who is studying at a boarding school.
      Director
      Ulrich Kohler
      Producer
      Maren Ade, Anne Even, Janine Jackowski, Katrin Schlösser, Frans van Gestel, Christian Cloos, Birgit Kämper
      Screenwriter
      Ulrich Kohler
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      German
      Runtime
      1h 31m