Der Sandmann
Title: Der Sandmann
Release year: 2011
Country: Switzerland
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Director: Peter Luisi
Stars: Fabian Krüger, Irene Brügger, Beat Schlatter
Rating: 3/5

One fine morning, Benno finds sand in his bed. While he tries to ignore this at first, he soon must realize that he himself is loosing the sand. Read More

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Grains of Truth: A Review of Der Sandmann (2011)


Der Sandmann (2011) is a curious Swiss film that blends elements of comedy, drama, and fantasy. The story follows Benno, a grumpy man who finds his life turning upside down when sand mysteriously starts appearing in his bed – and then inexplicably begins to leak out of him. As the sand accumulates and his time dwindles, Benno is forced to seek help from Sandra, the owner of the coffee shop below his apartment. Despite his intense dislike for her, Benno finds himself having nightly dreams about Sandra, leading him to question the connection between her, the sand, and his predicament.

The film’s central mystery is intriguing, and the comedic moments that arise from Benno’s frustration with his situation provide some welcome levity. However, Der Sandmann doesn’t fully commit to either its comedic or dramatic elements, leaving the overall tone a bit uneven. The fantasy aspects, while imaginative, could have benefited from further exploration.

The performances are decent, with Fabian Krüger capturing Benno’s curmudgeonly nature and Irene Brügger offering a charming portrayal of Sandra. The film’s true strength lies in its dream sequences, which are visually striking and hint at a deeper meaning behind the sand’s curse.

While Der Sandmann is a visually interesting film with a unique premise, it doesn’t quite reach its full potential. The pacing can be slow at times, and the resolution feels somewhat rushed. Overall, it’s an enjoyable watch for those who appreciate quirky European cinema, but it may leave viewers wanting more.

**Score: 3 out of 5**

AKA: A homokember,Der Sandmann,Ein Sommersandtraum,Piaskun,The Fraulein and the Sandman,The Sandman,Песочный человек,Пісочна людина
Beat Schlatter,Fabian Krüger,Florine Elena Deplazes,Irene Brügger,Kaspar Weiss,Max Rüdlinger,Michel Gammenthaler,Siegfried Terpoorten,This Moser,Urs Jucker