Jerichow

Critics Consensus

Minimal and intriguing, this Teutonic retreading of The Postman Always Rings Twice is tense and ominous throughout.

89%

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Total Count: 35

58%

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The Turkish diaspora in Germany proves the catalyst for this noir-flavored drama concerning the unlikely friendship between a veteran of the Afghan-Soviet war and a middle-aged Turk in need of a helping hand. Returning home for his mother's funeral when he happens across a business associate to whom he owes a sizable debt, Thomas (Benno Fürmann) subsequently stumbles into intoxicated Turk Ali (Hilmi Sözer) while fleeing in haste. Ali has nearly driven his van into a local canal, and now he needs a driver to chauffeur him around his modest kingdom of crumbling snack bars. Recognizing the opportunity to make some quick and easy cash, Thomas agrees. But Thomas doesn't know that Ali is an intensely jealous and distrustful man, two traits that threaten to spell tragedy when Thomas enters into a passionate affair with Ali's gorgeous German bride (Nina Hoss). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Jerichow

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (4)

  • Petzoid takes the Cain themes of lust and duplicity and twists them into a reflection on modern Germany, where nationalism and loyalties and identity and economics are jumbled and thrown into confusion.

    Sep 10, 2009 | Full Review…
  • A taut, German-made thriller, Jerichow adds a bit of European xenophobia to the pulp traditions of passion and betrayal.

    Aug 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This is a movie made by and for adults, and adults should consider seeing it.

    Jul 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This is silly romance. It's sillier suspense. But I'm not above saying I enjoyed it.

    Jul 3, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's easy to compare Jerichow with the films of The Postman Always Rings Twice, with the grimy gas station owner, the sexy wife and the rugged drifter, but people have a way of not behaving according to their superficial qualities.

    Jun 25, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • So compact and controlled is this fine film.

    May 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jerichow

  • Oct 14, 2010
    Wow. This was really good. Excellent surprise ending. Its one of those movies where you root for the lovers to be together. By the time this movie ends, however, everything has been turned upside down and you are left feeling really bad for all of them. Nicely done movie.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2010
    In "Jerichow," things are not going well for Thomas(Benno Furmann) as he is forced to use the money he was planning to refurbish his mother's house to pay off his debts. Flat broke, he finds the only work he can get as a dishonorably discharged soldier is as a cucumber harvester. That changes when he helps Ali(Hilmi Sozer) pull his car out of a ditch and help him avoid a DWI charge. That does not stop Ali from drinking and driving again leading him to be caught with a blood alcohol level of 1.9%. No longer able to drive, he hires Thomas to help out with the snack bars he owns and manages with his wife Laura(Nina Hoss). I am sure that the only thing the world needs less than the Yankees winning another World Series is yet another reworking of "The Postman Always Rings Twice"(or any remake for that matter) but "Jerichow" pulls it off well by maintaining a slow burn throughout until its devastating ending that is encapsulated in a single word. That might have something to do with the movie smartly paying less attention to the source material than the current state of affairs in Germany as seen through the eyes of its flawed characters. For Thomas, the country has changed completely since growing up in East Germany and is now a country of immigrants.(His stint as a farm laborer reminds me of a recent article in a local newspaper about how hard it is to find people willing to work on a farm.) Ali is one of the newcomers and a success to boot but still feels uncertain in his adopted country and does not know who to trust, some times for good reason.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2010
    Christian Petzold has a knack for making films that are interesting to watch with his long interludes, silence and long takes, and interesting, flawed characters, buit in the end not much happens, or whatever happens, does so conveniently. Still its worth a watch once.
    alan j Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2009
    Taut, unnerving thriller about a man who takes a job as a driver for a paranoid businessman, and falls in love with his wife. Takes a simple concept and makes it totally hair-raising, without turning it into a typical, high concept nail-biter. Well crafted and incredibly suspenseful, reminiscent in some ways of Haneke's "Cache (Hidden)."
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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