Yella is estranged from her possessive and violent husband; but he can't quite bring himself to give her up. When their fraught interaction finally comes to dramatic conclusion, Yella's life takes an odd shift.

Director:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Jerichow (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The dishonorably discharged Afghanistan veteran Thomas returns to his home village of Jerichow. Ali, a local Turkish-German businessman, owner of a snack-bar chain, hires him as a driver. ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Petzold
Stars: Benno Fürmann, Nina Hoss, Hilmi Sözer
Wolfsburg (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Philipp Gerber is a smart, but self-satisfied car salesman. In an inattentive moment at the wheel of his car, he runs over a young boy riding a bike and drives away. As he has feelings of ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Petzold
Stars: Benno Fürmann, Nina Hoss, Antje Westermann
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Clara and Hans are left-wing terrorists who have been searched by police for almost fifteen years. Their increasingly rebellious daughter Jeanne begins to pose a threat to their security ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Petzold
Stars: Julia Hummer, Barbara Auer, Richy Müller
Gespenster (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Nina, an end-of-teenage orphan with mental problems, starts a new job as a garden cleaner when she meets Toni. They fell in love with each other, but soon Toni starts betraying Nina. In the... See full summary »

Director: Christian Petzold
Stars: Julia Hummer, Sabine Timoteo, Marianne Basler
Barbara I (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital.

Director: Christian Petzold
Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock
Summer Window (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Juliane's happiness seems perfect. She is head over heals in love and has just begun a new life with August. One morning, however, she wakes up to find that she has been unexplainable ... See full summary »

Director: Hendrik Handloegten
Stars: Nina Hoss, Mark Waschke, Fritzi Haberlandt
Phoenix II (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A disfigured Holocaust survivor sets out to determine if the man she loved betrayed her trust.

Director: Christian Petzold
Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf
Something to Remind Me (TV Movie 2001)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Middle-aged lawyer Thomas (André Hennicke) meets Leyla (Nina Hoss), a younger cold reserved pretty blonde... See full synopsis »

Director: Christian Petzold
Stars: Nina Hoss, André Hennicke, Sven Pippig
Dreileben (TV Mini-Series 2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

This Trilogy saga or Mini-Series made for TV, tells three different points of view about a little neighborhood in which a prisoner who went to visit his dying mother at a hospital, escapes ... See full summary »

Stars: Stefan Kurt, Jacob Matschenz, Luna Zimic Mijovic
Gold I (2013)
Adventure | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In the summer of 1898, a small group of German compatriots head into the hostile northern interior of British Columbia in search for gold at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Director: Thomas Arslan
Stars: Nina Hoss, Marko Mandic, Peter Kurth
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A woman tries to survive the invasion of Berlin by the Soviet troops during the last days of World War II.

Director: Max Färberböck
Stars: Nina Hoss, Evgeniy Sidikhin, Irm Hermann
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This is the story of Sylvia, who looses her stepchildren on a shopping trip in Poland. For fear of loosing her husband's love, too, she is unable to tell him what has happened and returns ... See full summary »

Director: Christoph Hochhäusler
Stars: Sophie Charlotte Conrad, Leo Bruckmann, Judith Engel
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Philipp
Hinnerk Schönemann ...
Ben
...
Dr. Gunthen
Barbara Auer ...
Barbara Gunthen
...
Yellas Vater
Selin Bademsoy ...
Dr. Gunthens Tochter (as Selin Barbara Petzold)
...
Sprenger
Michael Wittenborn ...
Dr. Schmidt-Ott
Martin Brambach ...
Dr. Fritz
Joachim Nimtz ...
Prietzel
Peter Benedict ...
Dr. Friedrichs Anwalt Oliver
Ian Norval ...
Rezeptionist
Peter Knaack ...
Insolvenzverwalter
Thomas Giese ...
Kassierer
Edit

Storyline

Christian Petzold's drama deals with a woman, who leaves her hometown for a promising job and a new life, but is haunted by the truths of the past. As her marriage to Ben broke and her professional career has no future in her native town in the Eastern part of Germany, Yella has decided to search for a job in the West. When she gets to know Philipp, a smart executive at a private equity company in Hanover, she becomes his assistant and gets involved into the world of ruthless and big business. Realizing her dreams could come true with Philipp's help, she starts hearing voices and sounds from her past, which menace her new and better life... Written by fippi2000

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 May 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Йелла  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

SPOLIER: The plot and conflicts is nearly identical to Herk Harvey's Carnival of Souls (1962), only the setting, context and some characters are different. The original screenplay by John Clifford is not credited as a source. See more »

Connections

Follows Gespenster (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor, Op.27 No.2
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Interpreted by Dietmar Löffler
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Phenomenology of Being Yella
19 February 2010 | by (Shetland) – See all my reviews

This might have been a very intriguing movie but for the lacklustre plot.To write a movie script for a film like this needs the kind of intuition and knowledge one finds in Tarkovsky, Alain Renais or Luis Buñuel.

This is a slight movie in which the director Christian Petzold should have been able to carry off.

There is some intertextuality nudging in the direction of Tarkovsky (verdant tree swaying leitmotivs)but the movie never really gets airborne. It's dogged by repetitive mis en scene and dull dialogue and the script never exploits the possibilities of the plot.This is certainly not a bad movie, it just can't live up to the aspiration of its essential donnee and "surprise" if tacked on denouement.


1 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
WHY?? bennylandia
what was the song Philipp was listening to in the room? oferneiman
German Film Awards sluehn
Why does Yella accept the ride? celebslove1
Discuss Yella (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?