Jerichow

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Released 2008

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Jerichow

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Released:
2008
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Jerichow is a German suspense drama that's based on the 1934 Cain novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice. Christian Petzold writes and directs this film that opens with Thomas (Benno Fuermann) returning to his home town, Jerichow, to tend to the death of his mother. Thomas was dishonorably discharged from the German army for unknown reasons. He shows up at his mom's abandoned home only to find that she died with a large amount of debt. He soon gets a job on a farm. While heading home from work, Thomas finds a car damaged on the side of the road with Ali (Hilmi Sozer) drunk inside. Thomas tells the police when they arrive that he was the driver, to save Ali's reputation. The police don't believe him and end up taking away Ali's license. The two become immediate friends, and Ali offers Thomas a job as a driver. Thomas discovers that his new employer is a rich man who owns many snack shops across town. He also learns that Ali is insanely jealous of his beautiful blond wife Laura (Nina Hoss), who cheats on Ali every chance she gets. Laura and Thomas start an affair and Ali becomes suspicious. The jealous husband now needs to learn the truth as the two lovers plan his murder.moreless

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  • 80

    Variety Derek Elley

    A tightly constructed "dramatic thriller" in which the tension comes as much from what the characters are thinking as from what they end up doing, Jerichow again confirms writer-he...

  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    No one in Jerichow is entirely deserving of sympathy, which gives the film a detached, clinical feeling underlined by the director's habit of observing emotions rather than evoking...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Petzold, who has a crisp style and sharp sense of the visual, is too talented and imaginative to allow his film to become predictable. Rather, Jerichow offers implicit, sardonic so...

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Drama

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Love & Romance, Foreign Language