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Yella (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 16 May 2008 (USA)
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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Christian Petzold
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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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The plot and conflicts are nearly identical to Herk Harvey's Carnival of Souls (1962). Only the setting, context and some characters are different. The original screenplay by John Clifford is not credited as a source. See more »

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Written and composed by David Ackles
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A triumph for modern day German cinema
20 June 2009 | by thieverycorp76See all my reviews

This enigmatic drama is a story of a young woman who confronts her ambitions and insecurities head on. The film starts with Yella accepting a new job and moving to the more modernized western part of the country. With hopes for a better future, the life she leaves behind include her loving father, her obsessive husband, and the stability of a reality understood.

Christian Petzold uses a bold no frills approach to exhibit this thought provoking film. The narrative has a minimalistic quality which serves the film well, allowing the viewer to focus on the subtle yet compelling performance by actress Nina Hoss. Yella is an intelligently layered film and a triumph for modern day German cinema.


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