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Yella Reviews

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May 16, 2008
Its scenes involving the perilous business negotiations offer more genuine intellectual excitement than any CGI-stuffed chase.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 16, 2008
Yella is the kind of movie that tantalizes the mind with possibilities without solving the puzzle.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 15, 2008
Dressing up a socio-economic critique as a romantic thriller only works if there's enough suspense to keep the audience intrigued.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 14, 2008
Though the film attests that the director can masterfully dredge up metaphysical dread, it also proves that he needs to learn to avoid easy ways out.
Read More | Original Score: 3/6
May 14, 2008
Somehow, this tightrope walk between the supernatural and underhanded business deals (call it Carnival of Michael Clayton) manages the neat trick of keeping its balance.
May 12, 2008
It's one of those films that keeps swirling in your brain once it's done -- thanks both to its somewhat unresolved ending and to the many subtle themes touched on throughout.
May 12, 2008
A study of the malaise of corporate culture in modern Germany with an unsatisfying ending. Up until the conclusion, it is quite rewarding.
May 11, 2008
Far less concerned with character development than with bludgeoning clues to the drama's true nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 27, 2008
A suspenseful film carried off without the viewer knowing what the suspense is all about. ... The mystery happening in the margins of this story is more interesting than the mainline plot.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
April 18, 2008
A German metaphorical Reunification thriller and political allegory equating a blunt and feverish appetite for sex and capitalism.
April 16, 2008
In spite of some mysterious circumstances, Yella is directed perfunctorily and entirely without suspense or any sense of urgency.
April 12, 2008
The adept performances and sharp direction of this thriller allow the viewer to see the writer-director's point: that life in communist East Germany may have been preferable for some to the more prosperous existence in the West.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 29, 2007
Unfortunately, a gimmicky construction helps the writer-director avoid facing the consequences of the drama he's set up.
September 21, 2007
Tricky and insinuating, this German drama has the subtle subtext of a thriller as it follows a woman caught at a crossroads in her life. It's a little aloof and dry, but very well made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 21, 2007
A supernatural thriller with much to say on the greed and venality that underpins new Europe, Christian Petzold's German drama is spookily intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 21, 2007
This disquieting parable about trust and risk wrong-foots us at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 21, 2007
Towards the end the symbolism gets heavy-handed, but by then the film has already cast its coldly mesmerising spell.
September 21, 2007
A neat metaphysical thriller.
September 21, 2007
Exquisitely frigid, menacing, disquieting, with a storyline that keeps you off-balance, marred only by a slightly hackneyed dénouement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 21, 2007
A rich, inventive and atmospheric thriller that is somehow able to reveal the final twist while retaining its mysterious allure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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