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This stylized, vaguely mystical 1997 melodrama by German director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) tracks five residents of a cozy Alpine ski resort as their lives become intertwined during the Christmas season. The characters—two housemates, their boyfriends, and a farmer looking for an errant driver—seem fated to meet, driven by lust, loneliness, jealousy, spite, or cabin fever. Yet Tykwer weighs down the thin story line with coincidences and premonitions, using visual cues to segue from one event to the next when narrative logic fails him. Frank Griebe's camera creates a sense of delirium as it glides around the actors and through the snowy landscape, but neither the splashy visuals nor a sound track that mixes punchy pop music with neo-medieval chants can gloss over the film's superficial emotions.

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