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Yo (2007)

A handyman named Hans moves to a small town in Majorca where his presence strikes a discord with the local residents.

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Rafa Cortés

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Alex Brendemühl (as Àlex Brendemühl), Rafa Cortés | 2 more credits »
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Alex Brendemühl ... Hans (as Àlex Brendemühl)
Margalida Grimalt Margalida Grimalt ... Catalina
Rafel Ramis Rafel Ramis ... Miquelet
Aina de Cos Aina de Cos ... Nina
Heinz Hoenig ... Tanca
Maria Lanau ... Sílvia
Manuel Barceló Manuel Barceló ... Toñín
Carme Feliu Carme Feliu ... Maria
Holger Petzold Holger Petzold ... Bruno
Pau Ciret Pau Ciret ... Camarero bar
Miquel Pujol Miquel Pujol ... Propietario bar
Joan Pizà Joan Pizà ... Pucça
Raphael Pherrer Raphael Pherrer ... Cartero
Mary Ramírez Mary Ramírez ... Empleada súper
Mateu Sa Tanca Mateu Sa Tanca ... Xisco
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A handyman named Hans moves to a small town in Majorca where his presence strikes a discord with the local residents.

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Spain

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Spanish | German

Release Date:

6 July 2007 (Spain) See more »

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€30,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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This film is located in Majorca, Spain. See more »

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Thought provoking and disturbing
30 July 2007 | by thegirlwhogotoveritSee all my reviews

Yo tells the intriguing story of Hans, who moves from Germany to Mallorca to take up a job as a groundsman on a large estate. Lost (in more ways than one) from the moment he arrives in the small town, Hans struggles against a bleak and somewhat ominous atmosphere from the word go. None of the locals seem interested in his attempts at conversation, and those who do engage with him can't seem to remember his name – which becomes even stranger when one realises that the previous groundsman was also named Hans.

The first Hans was a dominant, somewhat dangerous character, and his shadow hangs heavy over the new Hans as he tries to forge his own place in the community. In a village where names seem to define not just identity but also station, Hans struggles to keep himself distinct from his predecessor in the minds of both the villagers and himself.

A fascinating and disturbing film, Yo has something to say about how circumstance and the opinions of others can come to define us. Well made and making excellent use of light and mis-en-scene (especially reflections, and that door to old Hans' bedroom that can never seem to stay closed), the film's subtle air of menace keeps one on edge even during the most innocuous of scenes.

Alex Brendemuhl as Hans nails his character's gradually escalating confusion and frustration, and brings an endearing dorkiness to Hans, which contrasts nicely with the "ladies man" reputation of the old Hans. Without spoiling the climax, I can say that it poses more questions than it answers; Yo is sure to leave everyone who sees it talking about it for days.


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