Brother of Sleep
|Director/Director of Photography/Producer:||Joseph Vilsmaier|
|Music:||Norbert J. Schneider and Hubert von Goisern|
|Production Designers:||Rolf Zehetbauer, Jindrich Goetz and Petra Barochova|
|Sony Pictures Classics; R; 128 minutes|
|Cast:||André Eisermann, Dana Vavrova, Ben Becker and Angelika Bartsch|
|In German with English subtitles|
|Based on the novel by Robert Schneider|
Dark and mundane, Brother of Sleep bogs down in symbolism. Set at the turn of the 19th century in a grimy Alpine village, musical genius Elias Johannes Alder (Eisermann) is often overwhelmed by the sounds and images whirling in his head. He finds solace in playing the church organ, mesmerizing the parishioners who once detested him because he is the illegitimate son of the parish priest. Elias gets tangled in a love triangle with Elsbeth (Vavrova), whom he loves, and her brother, Peter (Becker), who lusts after him.
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