With excitement and a lot of anticipation I went to see Wintersleepers the new film directed by Run Lola Runís Tom Tykwer. Instead I was confronted by a complete antitheses to this. What Run Lola Run had (a fastĖpaced, adrenalin-pumping techno film), Wintersleepers lacks.Instead I was left with confusion, sometimes boredom and a hell of a lot of unanswered questions. I found out afterward that this was Tykwerís first film and with this knowledge you can look at the film and read it differently. This is a great first film as it shows a lot of promise but really didnít quite make it. Hence the popularity of Run Lola Run which show Tykwers talent. My warning to everyone who wants to see this film donít expect a Run Lola Run type of film because it is not.
The movie begins with the lead characters all in different situations being asked, ďAre you leaving nowĒ Ė quirky? Yes; even intriguing. What I didnít realise is itís a bit of a foreboding the hidden message being you should leave now. These words may sound harsh but I have never been left with so much confusion that so many questions were brought up and never explained.
Let me continue on the synopsis. A very drunk man, Rene (Ulrich Matthes) leaves a bar very early in the morning and walks home. He stumbles across a car parked in a driveway door open and keys in ignition, left by 2 of the main characters 5 minutes earlier Marco (Heino Ferch) and Rebecca (Floriane Daniel). Rene gets in the car and drives home. At the same time, another character Theo (Joseph Bierbichler), a local farmer prepares to take his daughterís much loved horse to the vet. She sneaks into the carriage just before he drives off. The film is set in the mountains of Germany, beautiful scenery and snow covered mountains. The two characters come together when Rene causes Theo to swerve and crash the car. Rene also crashes but manages to walk away from the wreck and continues on his journey home. The father wakes to see the back of the drunk walking away. This is the strange bit; the scar on the back of Reneís head jumps out in this amazing visual effect and the film begins. The title: Wintersleepers dissipates like snow. Itís all breathtakingly beautiful and spectacular.What is the significance of the scar? Why does it leap out? Intrigued? Yes! Well you never bloody well find out!!!! Frustrated? Yes! All good film students are told to leave a film open to questions to keep the audience thinking about the film but this film just leaves too many questions to be satisfying but a great first feature with a lot of potential. (Michelle Baker--filmnet.org.au)