Yella (2008)

Yella (2008)



Critic Consensus: Chilly and haunting, Yella's atmosphere gets under the skin.

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Narrowly escaping her volatile ex-husband, Yella flees her small hometown in former East Germany for a new life in the West. She finds a promising job with Philipp, a handsome business executive with whom an unlikely romance soon blossoms. But just as Yella seems poised to realize her dreams, she finds herself haunted by buried truths that threaten to destroy her newfound happiness.
Rating: NR
Genre: Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
Directed By: Christian Petzold
Written By: Christian Petzold , Simone Baer
In Theaters: limited
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Nina Hoss
as Yella Fichte
Christian Redl
as Yella's Father
Michael Wittenborn
as Schmitt-Ott
Peter Benedict
as Friedrich's Advocate
Joachim Nimtz
as Prietzel
Barbara Auer
as Barbara Gunthen
Selin Barbara Petzold
as Dr. Gunthen's Daughter
Martin Brambach
as Dr. Fritz
Wanja Mues
as Sprenger
Ian Norval
as Receptionist
Peter Knaack
as Bailiff
Thomas Giese
as Cashier
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Critic Reviews for Yella

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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
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This unusual film has all the appearance of simply being a well-done drama, but there is considerably more on writer-director Christian Petzold's mind.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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[A] tightly controlled metaphysical horror movie.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
L.A. Weekly
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This crisply made thriller begins as a harrowing tale of a young German woman stalked by her deranged ex-husband, but quickly turns into an investigation of the murkier depths of capitalism.

Full Review… | September 5, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Strikes a perfect balance between corporate intrigue and metaphysical mystery; his 2007 drama is filled with suspense but ends in delicious ambiguity.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Yella is a reserved young woman with unrevealed depths of intelligence, larceny and passion. Their gradual revelation makes this more than an ordinary thriller, in great part because of the performance of Nina Hoss in the title role.

Full Review… | July 31, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
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