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Yella (2007)

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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Complete credited cast:
... Yella Fichte
... Philipp
Hinnerk Schönemann ... Ben
... Dr. Gunthen
... Barbara Gunthen
... Yellas Vater
Selin Bademsoy ... Dr. Gunthens Tochter (as Selin Barbara Petzold)
... Sprenger
... Dr. Schmidt-Ott
Martin Brambach ... Dr. Fritz
Joachim Nimtz ... Prietzel
Peter Benedict ... Dr. Friedrichs Anwalt Oliver
Ian Norval ... Rezeptionist
Peter Knaack ... Insolvenzverwalter
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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Third part of director Christian Petzold's "Gespenster" trilogy. The other two parts are Die innere Sicherheit (2000) and Gespenster (2005). See more »

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Follows Die innere Sicherheit (2000) See more »

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Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor, Op.27 No.2
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Interpreted by Dietmar Löffler
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The Orange Peel Stripped Away
9 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

If you are looking for a thriller that sweeps you away for 90 minutes go elsewhere. If you are looking for a twister that strives to constantly outwit your keen literary and cinematic intellectual sensibilities with its never-ending brain teasers this isn't it. The film does have flaws but, as a vehicle that facilitates a better understanding of human nature, it is very successful.

Why can't bright people get over the need to duel with the directors and writers of film and, instead, pay attention to what is important? Whatever its shortcomings, this is a look into the psyche of a human being that, at least for me, reveals all the frailties, contradictions and inconsistencies that our species is heir to.

See this film, allow yourself to enter into Yella - then, by all means, dissect and analyze it later.


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