Following on from the success of The Lives of Others and The Counterfeiters, the award winning Four Minutes sees wrongfully imprisoned piano prodigy Jenny, a molotov cocktail of suppressed emotions and uncontrollable rage, locked in a constant battle with those around her. Together with Traude, a professional musician who wants to expose Jenny's talents at a national competition, the pair develop a volatile teacher-pupil relationship. As the duo plan their intent to make it to the finals, it soon becomes apparent that, once there, Jenny will have only four minutes to prove herself, and no guarantee of freedom afterwards.
Another German masterpiece
- Four Minutes review by JD
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Totally enthralling plot and outstanding acting. The combination of musical prodigy and adverse quality of life has been done a few times and to my mind usually works well. This is better even than most. The portrayal of a tormented and troubled adolescent is breathtaking.