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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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  (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)
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Laura:You cannot love if you don't have money.See more »
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Benno Furman, taken up by benefactor Hilmi Sozer, cheats with his wife Nina Hoss, 24 October 2012
Author: msroz from United States

We are in familiar noir territory with this story that in some respects resembles "The Postman Always Rings Twice" but without the latter's complications and even without the latter's crime.

The resemblance is that Sozer runs a successful business and he takes Furman into it as an employee whom he treats well, trains, and gives advances in pay. But Sozer also has a wife (Nina Hoss) who is attracted to Furman and vice versa. Sozer rescued her from a difficult life and they have a bit of an arrangement, and sometimes he beats her (offscreen) badly; but she still finds love for him at times. Her passion really flowers, however, when Furman is around. Furman is a kind of taciturn brooding man. He is an interesting character, sort of peasant-like, shrewd, not unwilling to use violence, willing to follow his impulses, and with a tendency to make black and white judgments.

Sozer's character is also interesting. He has a heart ailment. He's a shrewd businessman who works hard at it. He longs to be back in his native Turkey. He wants to trust but in his business he sees all too readily how people try to cheat him. He's also suspicious of his wife, and she actually is cheating him a little through a kickback arrangement with a supplier and, of course, with Furman.

The main two themes of the movie are trust and betrayal, followed by dreams and their frustration. These two themes intertwine. The dreams are often frustrated by lack of trust and betrayal. Passion also comes in as a theme as well as escape, which is part of the dreams the characters have.

This story distinguishes itself by not going into murder and trials but to a new outcome that connects to the thematic elements and makes a comment on human nature.

The film concentrates on the three main characters to build its mood of tension, suspense and fatal inevitability. It's a very good noir, and being made in 2008, we have to call it neo-noir for sure.

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