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Brother of Sleep (1995)

R
127 min | Drama, Music, Romance

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 of music, especially rebuilding and ...See moreIn 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 of music, especially rebuilding and playing the organ at the village 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 longstanding homosexual feelings towards Elias. After Elsbeth, out of frustration from Elias' not returning her love and instead being obsessed with music, chooses to be impregnated and marries someone else who lose love she had spurned for Elias. The village burns and most villagers, including Elsbeth, evacuate to the closest town. Elias remains behind. Having heard of "the prodigy in the alps", a music master seeks out Elias and invites him to an organ challenge in the town where the villagers relocated. Elias performs there and amazes the audience which includes Elsbeth. She is unable to meet with Elias before he is rushed to a waiting carriage. She calls to him and he hears her, but it is too late. Elias is taken on a brief tour by his mentors but soon returns to his spiritual site near the burnt village where he takes his own life (with Peter by his side), having decided to not sleep anymore. Elsbeth later returns there, a widow with a young daughter, hoping to find Elias but instead discovers his spiritual site has disappeared. Written by Thomas Meyer See less
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Robert Schneider (novel) (screenplay)
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Enjott Schneider (as Norbert J. Schneider) | Hubert von Goisern
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Sep 13, 1996 (United States)

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Dana Vávrová
Elsbeth Elsbeth   See fewer
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Ben Becker
Peter Peter   See fewer
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Jochen Nickel
Köhler Michel Köhler Michel   See fewer
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Jürgen Schornagel
Kurat Benzer / Curate Benzer Kurat Benzer / Curate Benzer   See fewer
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Eva Mattes
Nulfin Nulfin   See fewer
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Lena Stolze
Oskarin Oskarin   See fewer
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Regina Fritsch
Hebamme / Midwife Hebamme / Midwife   See fewer
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Herbert Knaup
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Birge Schade
Franziska Franziska   See fewer
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Nadine Neumann
Magdalena Magdalena   See fewer
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Ingo Naujoks
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Alfred Weißenbach
1. Greis / Old Man #1 1. Greis / Old Man #1   See fewer
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Josef Hendrichs
2. Greis / Old Man #2 (as Joseph Hendrichs) 2. Greis / Old Man #2 (as Joseph Hendrichs)   See fewer
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Conradin Blum
Elias - Kind / Elias, as child Elias - Kind / Elias, as child   See fewer
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Robert Studer
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Simon Frick
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Robert Schneider
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Samuel König
Elias - Säugling Elias - Säugling   See fewer
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Tatjana Glamocanin
Elsbeth - Säugling / Elsbeth, as child Elsbeth - Säugling / Elsbeth, as child   See fewer
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Georg Hackl
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7.1 / 10 | 1,435 votes