Der Sandmann (1994)

Genres - Mystery  |   Run Time - 104 min.  |   Countries - Germany   |  
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Synopsis by Sandra Brennan

This German fantasy follows a young man's quest to understand his bizarre childhood. Much of the film was shot on location in Italy. Daniel has returned to his hometown in Italy with Clara, his lover, for a romantic vacation. Clara is disturbed by Daniel's recently strange behavior which includes sneaking into the estate of Coppola, an enigmatic business Tycoon. Daniel's father was killed in an industrial accident at the company Coppola owned. His flashbacks seem to have lead him to the estate. There Daniel becomes obsessed with Coppola's gorgeous, but remote daughter Olimpia who wafts around the estate wearing slinky lingerie. After Daniel's double obsession shows no sign of waning Clara gets angry and returns to Venice. Daniel finally gets close to Olimpia only to discover that she is a sophisticated robot produced at Coppola's factory--the factory where Daniel's daddy died. Now Daniel is determined to discover Olimpia's inner workings, and kill the obviously demented Coppola.



danger, android, childhood, flashback, obsession, robot, romance, vacation