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Sleep

Germany 2020
produced by
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directed by Michael Venus
starring Gro Swantje Kohlhof, Sandra Hüller, August Schmölzer, Marion Kracht, Agata Buzek, Max Hubacher, Martina Schöne-Radunski, Katharina Behrens, Andreas Anke, Benjamin Heinrich, Josefine Schäferhoff, Samuel Weiss, Stefan Böth, Yun Huang, Bianca Riebow, Frank Schroeder, Michael Schröter
written by Thomas Friedrich, Michael Venus, music by Sebastian Damerius, Johannes Lehniger

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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For years now, Marlene (Sandra Hüller) has had nightmares a certain place, and now that she has found that place is actually real and a hotel somewhere in rural Germany, she pays it a visit - and has a mental breakdown so severe she has to be hospitalized. To be close enough to the hospital to visit her, her daughter Marlene (Gro Swantje Kohlhof) gets a room in exactly the hotel in question, a country hotel with big ambitions, and starts to investigate what might have tipped her mother over. It's off-season, so her investigations hardly go unnoticed - but the hotel owners Otto (August Schmölzer) and Lore (Marion Knecht) couldn't be more forthcoming and make it a point to answer all her questions, even the uncomfortable ones, like the one about the series of suicides in the hotel. Eventually, Mona happens upon a name, Trude (Agata Buzek), someone she's sure is a vital piece of the puzzle, but try as she may she can't place her. But when she asks her hosts about it ... she eventually ends up tied up in the place's basement, while upstairs in the conference room, Otto spouts wild Nazi ideas to the receptive locals. But not all is what it seems at first glance ...

 

So ok, the Nazi reference actually comes a bit heavy handed in Sleep, but if you look at German film output of the last few decades, this really seems to be the way to have one's film officially funded. But to tie down the movie to just this one point would really be missing the point as it really is a fascinating labyrinthine mystery that has a David Lynchian aura of surrealism to it, without ever going into carbon copy mode though. And within all the weirdness going around that makes sense only gradually, a strong ensemble cast keeps things grounded, making things accessible - and all the more fascinating for it.

 

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