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In a small desolate town in northeastern Germany, a handsome ex-soldier, a Turkish businessman, and his beautiful, restless wife find themselves in a desperate love triangle in this suspenseful reworking of classic film noir The Postman Always Rings Twice from acclaimed director Christian Petzold (Yella, <Ghosts
- Making-of Documentary (30 minutes)
- Theatrical Trailer
- Trailers of other Christian Petzold films
A taut, brilliantly acted thriller. Here is a filmmaker, one of the most exciting to come from his country since the heyday of the New German Cinema, whose name critics should be shouting from the rooftops. --Scott Foundas, LA WEEKLY
A slow-burning, rural neo-noir that imports the adulterous murder scheme of Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. --Andrew O Hehir, SALON.COM
Petzold is adept at creating suspense, which he mixes gracefully with sexual tension. The final twist is completely unexpected. --V.A. Musetto, NEW YORK POST
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Distinctly and finely directed by German filmmaker Christian Petzold, this eloquent love triangle draws an intriguing portrayal of a dangerous liaison between a wealthy businessman`s wife and a lonely former soldier. While notable for its naturalistic milieu depictions and the compelling cinematography by German cinematographer Hans Fromm, this somewhat romantic, at times humerous and character-driven thriller which examines themes like friendship, love, betrayal, crime and capitalism, contains a good score by composer Stefan Will.
This poignantly atmospheric and finely paced fictional tale where a random meeting instigates a string of strange events, is impelled and reinforced by its two merging studies of character, cogent narrative structure and the understated and involving acting performances by German actor Benno Fürmann, German actress Nina Hoss and Turkish-German actor Hilmi Sözer. A suspensful and existentialistic love-story which gained the German Film Critics Award for Best Film Christian Petzold at the German Film Critics Association Awards in 2009.
I still want to find that Turkish pop song that Hoss annoyingly shut off with a slap to the boom box at the beach (featured in the preview). It's been in my head all this time and I really want it on my mp3.
Couple of comments: first, this is another great movie from German writer-director Christian Petzold, who previously brought us such stellar movies as The State I'm In, Gespenster and Yella (and most recently in 2012 brought us the outstanding political drama Barbara). Second, as was the case in Yella (and later in Barbara), Nina Hoss is Petzold's leading lady again, and she does not disappoint. Her (lesser-known) co-stars Benno Fürmann (as Thomas) and Hilmi Sözer (as Ali) are very good too. Third, there is a sense of doom-and-gloom in the movie that is palpable. At one point when discussing love, Laura exasperates "you can't love if you don't have money". The movie reminded me vaguely of The Postman Always Rings Twice, and wouldn't you know, in the DVD bonus materials, there is an interview with Petzold, and he mentions that movie as a clear reference point! There are also interviews with Hoss and Fürmann (but strangely, not with Sözer).
Bottom line, this is a terrific movie from someone I consider to be one of Europe's leading directors of this generation. I will go see anything Petzold makes. If you are in the mood for a top-notch quality foreign movie that is light years away from your standard Hollywood fare, you cannot go wrong with this. "Jerichow" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!