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Yella2007

  • 3.7
Narrowly escaping her volatile ex-husband, Yella flees her small hometown in former East Germany for a new life in the West. She finds a promising job with Philipp, a handsome business executive with whom an unlikely romance soon blossoms. But just as Yella seems poised to realize her dreams, she finds herself haunted by buried truths that threaten to destroy her newfound happiness. Christian Petzold’s YELLA is a stylish and deliciously suspenseful mystery.

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A very disorienting, icy-slick, thrilling film in which you are transported into the main character, though learn little about her, and experience her traumatic memory reverberating throughout your body too. A cogent commentary on the occasionally larcenous nature of capitalism set in a recently reunified Germany. The ordinariness of the business deals juxtaposed with Yella's contagious sense of claustrophobia (and what genius that Petzold can make you feel this under expansive Northern European sky), and what creeping thoughts swim in the backwaters behind Phillip's business deals, make this movie very jarring, in the slowest sense, like ice water seeping into your veins after an accidental dive. The only misstep in this atmospheric film was the ending, though it was a quietly menacing, uncanny, and enjoyable ride to that destination; (though I seriously asked myself, why?). The actress who plays Yella, Nina Hoss, acts extraordinarily well, and throughout the movie the character is an enigma that you'll try, and ultimately accept, that you won't be able to fully understand. The actor Devid Striesow acts well too as Philip, and I will admit that I especially loved to watch these two characters' slowly blossoming romance, a gentle thing that made the cold sense of impending danger all the more delicious; (plus, I feel like he's very handsome too). I would definitely recommend watching it, especially if, like me, you find that there's something very magnetic about Germany and something very quietly sonorous about its language.

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A very disorienting, icy-slick, thrilling film in which you are transported into the main character, though learn little about her, and experience her traumatic memory reverberating throughout your body too. A cogent commentary on the occasionally larcenous nature of capitalism set in a recently reunified Germany. The ordinariness of the business deals juxtaposed with Yella's contagious sense of claustrophobia (and what genius that Petzold can make you feel this under expansive Northern European sky), and what creeping thoughts swim in the backwaters behind Phillip's business deals, make this movie very jarring, in the slowest sense, like ice water seeping into your veins after an accidental dive. The only misstep in this atmospheric film was the ending, though it was a quietly menacing, uncanny, and enjoyable ride to that destination; (though I seriously asked myself, why?). The actress who plays Yella, Nina Hoss, acts extraordinarily well, and throughout the movie the character is an enigma that you'll try, and ultimately accept, that you won't be able to fully understand. The actor Devid Striesow acts well too as Philip, and I will admit that I especially loved to watch these two characters' slowly blossoming romance, a gentle thing that made the cold sense of impending danger all the more delicious; (plus, I feel like he's very handsome too). I would definitely recommend watching it, especially if, like me, you find that there's something very magnetic about Germany and something very quietly sonorous about its language.

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Highly recommended. Suspenseful and you can't help to feel empathy towards the main character.

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Christian Petzold's reworking of an old American Cult Film frames itself within the context of corporate thriller. But this is not a remake and it has a great deal more to offer than the knowing viewer can anticipate.

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A beautiful film where everything clicks with masterful precision. Great drama and suspense unfold.

Petzold has a touch for playing around with genres...as well as doing remakes. Yella is a slick, contemporary reworking of Herk Harvey's 1962 cult classic, Carnival of Souls. There is a chilling atmospheric tension that Petzold maintains through most of the film, but it does simply get dull in moments. The "capitalism can be cruel" commentary becomes a bit heavy handed, but outside of a few slight imbalances this is what Petzold does. Petzold keeps the ship steady, doesn't make bad films, but almost never blows you away, though his last two films Barbara and Phoenix are exceptions. But Yella and Petzold do have something going for them, this being the presence and talent of Hoss to carry the film through its lulls and mediocrity. If you enjoy Petzold, I would recommend this for a night (or day) when you just feel like doing some light watching, meaning you just don't feel like delving into L'Avventura, Bicycle Thieves, Citizen Kane, Persona, Stalker, etc. (Just fill in a masterpiece that you really have to commit a lot of time and energy to).

Fascinating film with wonderful performances. Nina Hoss and Devid Striesow are magnetic in their roles where there are a multiplicity of layers to their performances. It is a wonderfully quiet film that reveals its true nature with unnerving precision. When the ending comes, it hits you like a ton of bricks. You never see it coming.

Subtle yet intense thriller.

Nobody's better than Nina

Good with a surprising ending.

awesome movie!!

This was a very good movie. And it was very factual of today's world.

good suspencfull film

INTERESTING. the story told as a flashback on her life. i liked the many turns in the plot.

A little slow but I do like the complicated characters that have layers like an onion.