Directed by Chris Kraus
In Four Minutes, or Vier Minuten, Monica
Bleibtreu has been desensitized by decades of teaching piano to the inmates
of a women's prison. Her creative juices start flowing again when Hannah
Herzsprung arrives at her bench. Though incarcerated for murder, this young,
beautiful, and prodigious inmate has the requisite skills and the stern
mentor needed to get her out of prison, if temporarily, to play in
competition. However, the girl's violent streak repeatedly sabotages this
goal. The Night Porter-esque sexual overtones aren't helping much,
either. "This is a blood on the keys piano psychodrama" (LA Weekly).
Winner of two Lola Awards, including Best Picture. German with English
subtitles. 112 minutes.