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  • 3.7
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 the James M. Cain's novel THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE from acclaimed director Christian Petzold.

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Winner of "Best Film" at the 2009 German Film Critics Association Awards.


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Even with the familiar source and plot, the tension is high throughout - not so much about what is going to happen, but how. Each character in the triangle (an immigrant, a woman in debt, a war veteran) is trapped by socioeconomic circumstances that recapture the emphasis on class in the original novel by Cain.

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Even with the familiar source and plot, the tension is high throughout - not so much about what is going to happen, but how. Each character in the triangle (an immigrant, a woman in debt, a war veteran) is trapped by socioeconomic circumstances that recapture the emphasis on class in the original novel by Cain.

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Solid, well-made film by a very talented German director. Less a retelling of Postman Always Rings Twice" than it is a riff on it. The updated elements, the Turkish entrepreneur, the Afghanistan war vet, the abused wife, all serve to make this story come alive.

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Any film with a plot nuancing that of The Postman Always Rings Twice is going to be compelling to watch, and when you realize you know this story, you will cheer this one on for its ambition. In this contemporary version, while the cuckold is not as pathetic as in the original, he is still not very likable, either. What's really admirable about this remake is how the film maker gives us what we thought we wanted the first time you saw this classic -- and yet the result is quite fascinating. An altogether different approach to the punishment for passion that Garfield's character first endured: outright betrayal, transgression and shattered love.

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Entertaining most of the way, but pointless.

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Only pointless to those too dim to get what ideas are being presented in front of them. Petzold is a great filmmaker.

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It is to Christian Petzold's credit that over the course of his career he has so lovingly re-worked some American movies into films that manage to retain themes but modulate them into something altogether unique from the sources of origin. This is clever new take on "The Postman Always Rings Twice." I do not know for sure, but I would suspect Petzold is reworking the 1981 film remake than the original 1940's Film Noir or the infamous novel. The key is that one does not need to know. The source material doesn't really matter.

A Hollywood idea has been re-booted to serve as societal commentary regarding modern Germany. Everything from trying to regain footing after serving in a pointless war to attempting to lead a rewarding life without crime to the racism regarding immigrants and immigration -- all support the tawdry plot. Unlike Hollywood of the 1940's or 1980's -- this film is not consumed with eroticism. You may not notice it until after you step away, but this is actually an adult study of loneliness, isolation and the human need for hope. This film is not as stylized as one might expect, but it is surprisingly realistic and entertaining.

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Kind of a Clint Eastwood movie with a strong silent man, and a beautiful woman married to a weak man. It was ok, but as usual, the film makers give you absolutely no clue why this man and woman would be attracted to one another.

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This film made me a big fan of director Christian Petzold he tells a story in very masterful artistic style. First class romantic suspense drama.

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And intriguing movie. It was captivating and suspenseful and rather hard to predict. I give it a good strong rating. Enjoy

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i saw this awhile ago_Nina Hoss is great in it

This is, above all, a film about love under capitalism; how our relationships are tainted by imbalances of power, and what exploitation does to the soul. It's sad and beautiful. The acting is tremendous.

Benno Furmann and Nina Hoss are wonderful actors and Christian Petzold makes wonderful use of his actors. However, in this case, the dialogue was minimal to a fault. Throughout the film you have no idea why the two lovers are attracted to one another. No real backstory is established for either of the two characters and even a wonderful actress like Nina Hoss is given very little to work with besides longing looks and quick expository backstory work. Benno Furmann plays his character rather blankly. You've no clue why any of the other characters gravitate towards him and the storyline concerning the money he owes that is introduced early in the film is all but discarded after minutes. I usually like Petzold's films but this one felt very empty in the long run.

Intense and mysterious human drama and a love story. Well done!

Not really convincing as a love triangle but worth seeing for the suspense. Well directed in its depiction of several themes --trust, betrayal and crime.

A well done re-imagining

Excellent

not as suspenseful as expected

this is the best movie I have seen.

Excellent Movie, Superb Ending !!!!

Good movie but predictable.

Yes, excellent ending!

wow...great movie..great actors

great movie

mixed feeling on this picture,or should i say done so many times before,nothing new to set it apart.