Brother of Sleep (Schlafes Bruder)
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In this frankly bizarre fantasy story based on a novel by Austrian writer Robert Schneider, Elias Johannes Alder (Andre Eisermann) is born into a filthy, poverty-stricken village in the alps; his mother doesn't much care for him, and he later discovers he's the bastard son of the town's clergyman. As his mother is giving birth to his sister Elsbeth, Elias has an epiphany that causes his hearing to become unusually keen and his eyes to change color. He suddenly develops a tremendous talent for music, quickly mastering the church organ and performing and writing music with remarkable… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's real pleasure isn't its humor so much as its overall excess, the tone it projects of several major chords being struck at once."
‑ Rob Nelson, Boston Phoenix
"It's Wagnerian without reaching any romantic intimacy or the mythology of the Ring Cycle."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Visually stunning and dramatically absorbing portrait of a tormented musical genius."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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