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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nina Hoss ... Yella Fichte
Devid Striesow ... Philipp
Hinnerk Schönemann Hinnerk Schönemann ... Ben
Burghart Klaußner ... Dr. Gunthen
Barbara Auer ... Barbara Gunthen
Christian Redl ... Yellas Vater
Selin Bademsoy Selin Bademsoy ... Dr. Gunthens Tochter (as Selin Barbara Petzold)
Wanja Mues ... Sprenger
Michael Wittenborn ... Dr. Schmidt-Ott
Martin Brambach Martin Brambach ... Dr. Fritz
Joachim Nimtz Joachim Nimtz ... Prietzel
Peter Benedict Peter Benedict ... Dr. Friedrichs Anwalt Oliver
Ian Norval Ian Norval ... Rezeptionist
Peter Knaack Peter Knaack ... Insolvenzverwalter
Thomas Giese Thomas Giese ... Kassierer
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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

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

16 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Йелла See more »

Filming Locations:

Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film title was inspired by Yella Rottländer, female lead in Wim Wenders' Alice in the Cities (1974). See more »

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Follows Die innere Sicherheit (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Road to Cairo
Written and composed by David Ackles
Performed by Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
Courtesy of Warner/Chapell Music Germany GmbH & Co. KG
Courtesy of Universal Music GmbH
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Beggars belief
25 September 2007 | by zw04See all my reviews

Improbably dialogue, hammy acting, and a "twist" in the storyline which is neither clever nor original. Actually it just doesn't make any sense. What a waste of two hours. The reviews here in the UK were quite favourable, which makes me think that there was an exchange of brown envelopes off-screen as well as on-screen. Oh, and the subtitles were some of the worst I've seen, particularly in all the business-related discussions (Eigenkapital equity translated as "Personal Capital", Abschreibungen as "Deductions" etc.). Seeing as the whole plot revolves around these bits, you'd have thought they'd get someone to proof-read it who is familiar with these sort of terms.


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