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Four Minutes (2006)

Vier Minuten (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Music | 18 April 2008 (USA)
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An elderly piano teacher trains a young convict at a women's penitentiary.

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Chris Kraus

Writer:

Chris Kraus
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Monica Bleibtreu Monica Bleibtreu ... Gertrud 'Traude' Krüger
Hannah Herzsprung ... Jenny von Loeben
Sven Pippig Sven Pippig ... Mütze
Richy Müller ... Kowalski
Jasmin Tabatabai ... Ayse
Stefan Kurt ... Direktor Meyerbeer
Vadim Glowna Vadim Glowna ... Gerhard von Loeben
Nadja Uhl ... Nadine Hoffmann
Peter Davor Peter Davor ... Journalist Wahrig
Edita Malovcic ... Traude - jung
Christian Koerner ... SS-Sturmbannführer
Kathrin Kestler Kathrin Kestler ... Hannah
Amber Bongard Amber Bongard ... Clara Mütze
Dietrich Hollinderbäumer ... Pater Vincens
Dieter Moor ... TV-Moderator
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Storyline

In Germany, the elder Frau Traude Krueger gives piano classes in a prison for a few prisoners and the security guard Mütze. When she sees the rebel and aggressive Jenny Von Loeben playing piano, she immediately identifies her potential and offers to teach her for a competition. Frau Krueger finds that Jenny was a prodigy when she was a child; abused when she was a teenager and has been imprisoned for murdering and decapitating a man. Along the period they work together preparing for the exhibition, Frau Krueger discloses secrets about her love in World War II while the self-destructive Jenny has four minutes of glory and recognition of her talent. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The next German film sensation after The Lives of Others

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

18 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuatro minutos See more »

Filming Locations:

Luckau, Brandenburg, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,315,125
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DTS-Stereo | DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This film, being German, inherits the - "duzen" and "Siezen" - of the German language and social custom. Translating it into English is problematic. See more »

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In several sequences where we see Jenny playing the piano, the notes we hear do not correspond to the keys she plays. See more »

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[first lines]
Gertrud 'Traude' Krüger: I'm very sorry.
Direktor Meyerbeer: About what?
Gertrud 'Traude' Krüger: Them dying.
Direktor Meyerbeer: I'm sorry about how they died.
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References The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »

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Nice film
11 December 2006 | by scarletpimpernel_avantiSee all my reviews

Vier Minuten is a nice film. It has a great story and very good actors. Its milieu is near perfect and the movie doesn't try too hard to compel. But maybe there could have been something more to it. Yes, I shall elaborate a little better, but further on.

An old lady we meet see at the beginning is a piano teacher in a women's jail. She is curt, strict and laconic. She is intolerant of bad manners, therefore she refuses to teach a new prisoner, an angry and violent young girl. The story unfold as the pianist realises this girl is probably the most talented pianists she has come across, and she begins to prepare her for an upcoming talent competition. The girl on the other hand has had a troubled past which reflects in her everyday anger and oblivion, and prefers playing 'negro' music as opposed to her teacher's taste for refined classical stuff. Yet,the conflict between them blooms into a witty friendship.

Further on, we get to see the pasts of these two women, and why they are what they are. I wish they had established a better connection of the old pianist's past with her present. It would have made things much clearer. This makes the film, a story...a great story which fails to reason itself.

Yet I shall recommend this movie to all film lovers. You never know what new experience you find in a film and there is something to find in here......


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