Critics 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.

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Nina Hoss
as Yella Fichte
Christian Redl
as Yella's Father
Michael Wittenborn
as Schmitt-Ott
Burghart Klaussner
as Dr. Gunthen
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

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (18)

  • 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.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [A] tightly controlled metaphysical horror movie.

    Sep 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Strikes a perfect balance between corporate intrigue and metaphysical mystery; his 2007 drama is filled with suspense but ends in delicious ambiguity.

    Aug 1, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 1, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The German offering Yella begins with an utterly gripping first 15 minutes, follows with a passable drama and ends with a big disappointment.

    Jul 31, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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