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Bergkristall

Bergkristall
Josefina Vilsmaier

Josefina Vilsmaier

Screen Time: 75%
Role: Sanna
Age: 11 years old
François Göske

François Göske

Screen Time: 75%
Role: Konrad
Age: 14 years old
Paula Riemann

Paula Riemann

Screen Time: 10%
Role: Lisa
Age: 10 years old
Frederick Lau

Frederick Lau

Screen Time: 5%
Role: Marc
Age: 14 years old
Theresa Vilsmaier

Theresa Vilsmaier

Screen Time: 2%
Role: Maria
Age: 14 years old

 

Bergkristall

2004
Rating: 9 (7 votes)
Directed: Joseph Vilsmaier
Country: Germany
Language: German
Genre: Drama, Family
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0409732

Summary

In a modern winter sport resort, a pastor tells a family from the city about the Christmas legend of the magical “rock crystal”: despite a centuries old feud between the villages Gschaid and Millsdorf, the shoemaker Sebastian and Susanne, the daughter of the local dyer, fall in love. However, the people of Gschaid consider Susanne to be an arrogant Millsdorfer and subject her to their prejudices and hate. Heartbroken and leaving behind her children, the 13-year-old Konrad and the 11-year-old Sanna, she leaves Gschaid and returns to her parents. The siblings desperately hope that the magic of the rock crystal, which is said to reunite loved ones, will help bring their parents back together again. When the children get lost in the snowy mountains after visiting their mother on Christmas Eve, the two rival villages come together again.

Movie Reviews

Just beautiful, 7 January 2005

Author: orangecream from IMDb

One of the most beautiful Christmas movies I've seen in a long time. The films tells the story of two kids trying to re-unit their parents and in order to do so they get lost in the mountains on Christmas Eve. Where everybody would expect cheap action scenes a la "Alaska" the story has much more subtle and romantic approach.

Some sequences even bring up memories of great classics such as "Night of the Hunter". The outdoor scenes in the mountains just blew me away and the acting of the two main characters - the children - is really impressing. The film was realized with love to the detail and I got a good impression how life was a hundred years ago. The film has the potential to become a film classic itself. In any case it's a brilliant adaption of the novel and good family entertainment.