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Jerichow -- A drama centered on a discontent small businessman and the former soldier he hires to be his driver.


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8 January 2009 (Germany) See more »
The dishonorably discharged Afghanistan veteran Thomas returns to his home village of Jerichow. Ali... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Excellent love triangle by Christian Pernod. See more (9 total) »


  (in credits order)

Benno Fürmann ... Thomas

Nina Hoss ... Laura
Hilmi Sözer ... Ali Özkan
André Hennicke ... Leon (as André M. Hennicke)
Claudia Geisler-Bading ... Sachbearbeiterin (as Claudia Geisler)
Marie Gruber ... Kassiererin
Knut Berger ... Polizist

Directed by
Christian Petzold 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christian Petzold  writer

Produced by
Florian Koerner von Gustorf .... producer
Jochen Kölsch .... producer
Bettina Reitz .... producer
Andreas Schreitmüller .... producer
Michael Weber .... producer
Original Music by
Stefan Will 
Cinematography by
Hans Fromm 
Film Editing by
Bettina Böhler 
Casting by
Simone Bär 
Production Design by
K.D. Gruber 
Costume Design by
Anette Guther 
Makeup Department
Parul Banerjee .... additional makeup artist
Monika Münnich .... makeup artist
Production Management
Dorissa Berninger .... production manager
Matthias Ruppelt .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ires Jung .... assistant director
Art Department
Jutta Erasin .... stand-by props (as Jutta Lilli Erasin)
Andreas Horstmann .... property master
Daniel Sandberg .... assistant property master
Hanna Solms .... property master: outdoor
Sound Department
Martin Ehlers-Falkenberg .... sound (as Martin Ehlers)
Dirk Jacob .... sound designer
Andreas Mücke-Niesytka .... sound
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
Kuen-Il Song .... sound editor
Martin Steyer .... sound re-recording mixer
Roman Volkholz .... re-recording mix assistant
Hanse Warns .... foley mixer
Special Effects by
Björn Friese .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Vera Jeske Younan .... digital colorist
Volkhart Buff .... stunt coordinator
Lutz Heyden .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Florian Birch .... electrician
Tilman Büttner .... steadicam operator
Dirk Domcke .... electrician
Ricarda Hibbeln .... additional first assistant camera
Matthias Kapinos .... assistant camera
Sven Meyer .... dolly grip
Christian Schulz .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jessica Braun .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Andreas Lipke .... assistant editor
Other crew
Reinhild Blaschke .... location scout
Clarice de Castro .... production assistant
Harun Farocki .... dramaturgical advisor
Frederic Moriette .... script supervisor
Levke Palm .... set manager
Hanna Solms .... location manager

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Argentina:93 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) | Canada:93 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Ali Özkan:I live in a country that doesn't want me with a woman that I boughtSee more »
Movie Connections:
References Zorba the Greek (1964)See more »


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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Excellent love triangle by Christian Pernod., 22 February 2010
Author: dfwforeignbuff from Dallas Tx United States75214

Jerichow is a region in a part of East Germany that faces the Baltic Sea--it used to be in the GDR. A dishonorably discharged Afghanistan veteran Thomas returns to his home village of Jerichow. There after witnessing a wreck with a guy who was drinking he meets Ali who hires him as a driver. Ali (Hilmi Sozer), a middle aged Turkish immigrant who owns of a snack-bar chain in Eastern German . Then Thomas meets Laura, his Turkish boss's young & attractive wife (Nina Hoss who is very beautiful). Thomas ( Benno Furmann) was in the Army during the war in Afghanistan he is at his mother's funeral & he has confrontation with business man he owes large sum of money to. So between them begins a classic love triangle. Petzold writes & directs a fine, tight film about 3 characters, each with a dark side to their character. It is a well directed & acted drama about a love & lust for the 3. The Ali character is the rich macho acting *ss*ole--he is not a happy man. The wife is the submissive beauty. Thomas is the quiet stoic strong army guy needing money & job. There is a resemblance to both versions of 'The Postman Always Rings Twice', also similar to the films by the late Reiner Werner Fassbinder Robert Bresson, & others.(as mentioned by others) This is an austere film making from director Petzold whose works are not well known in this country. The cinematography is really terrific & beautiful set in the desolate northeast Germany, where thick forests suddenly end on cliffs overlooking the Baltic Sea . The film also captures a social portrait of newly multicultural Germany, at least as it extends into the country's forgotten rural interior. The film does a good job giving us people in the dead ends they face & in the spiritual emptiness that causes people to do desperate things in search of happiness. In the end Ali ends up earning some of our sympathy is a testament to both Petzold's smart script & Sozer's deeply nuanced performance, a trait shared by his two co-actors.

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