Haluk Bilginer plays a bitter hotel owner.
Winter Sleepers is from German director Tom Tykwer, who brought us that powerful jolt of adrenaline, Run Lola Run. Far chillier than Lola, Winter Sleepers has a similar preoccupation with fate, chance and karma--the way the fluttering of a butterfly's wings can bring on a tidal wave of emotion. And though the movie sometimes feels like Kieslowski lite, it captures a mood of spiritual loss so beautifully (too beautifully?) that you want to burrow under a snowbank and come back out next spring. The plot involves five people--a nurse, a translator, a ski instructor, a movie projectionist and a farmer--in a Bavarian mountain village whose lives intersect in ways they don't understand. And you don't have to strain too hard to see a message about the German youth of today, a whole generation of Rip Van Winkles who may or may not wake up.