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Jerichow (2008)

Unrated | | Drama | 8 January 2009 (Germany)
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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 »


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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. That's when Thomas meets Laura, his Turkish boss's young and attractive wife. A classic love triangle is born, unfolding in desolate northeast Germany, where thick forests suddenly end on cliffs overlooking the Baltic Sea. Caught between guilt and freedom, between passion and reason, the protagonists have no hopes for fulfillment of their dreams. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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8 January 2009 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Oneira apatila  »

Box Office

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$3,509 (USA) (7 August 2009)


$47,175 (USA) (7 August 2009)

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1.85 : 1
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The plot and conflicts are very similar to James M. Cain's classic crime novel "The Postman Always Rings Twice", first published in 1934, only the setting and some characters are slightly different. Neither the original novel nor a screenplay of one of the many existing film versions are credited as a source. See more »


Ali Özkan: I live in a country that doesn't want me with a woman that I bought
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"Suspenseful and existentialistic love-story..."
8 July 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

German screenwriter and director Christian Petzold's fifth feature film which he wrote, is loosely based on the novel "The Postman Always Rings Twice" from 1934 by American author and journalist James M. Cain (1892-1977) and was screened at the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival in 2008, In competition at the 65th Venice Film Festival in 2008 and in the German Cinema section at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival in 2009. It was shot on various locations in North-eastern Germany and was produced by producers Bettina Reitz, Andreas Schreitmüller, Jochen Kölsch, Florian Koerner Von Gustorf and Michael Weber. It tells the story about Thomas, a dishonourably discharged former soldier who has returned to his home in a German village called Jerichow. Thomas has begun renovating his home and is having difficulties finding a job, but after a coincidental encounter with a Turkish businessman named Ali he is offered a job as a driver. Thomas and Ali becomes friends and he is introduced to Ali's wife Laura, but as the relation between Thomas, Ali and Laura evolves, Thomas and Laura falls in love and begins to make plans for themselves.

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 it's naturalistic milieu depictions and the compelling cinematography by German cinematographer Hans Fromm, this somewhat romantic, at times humorous 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 it's 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 suspenseful 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.

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