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Following a near-death experience, Yella (Nina Hoss) flees her eastern German hometown, failed marriage and broken dreams to start over again in Hanover. By chance she finds work with ambitious and determined young executive Philipp (Devid Striesow) and enters a ruthless world of big business and cutthroat boardroom deals for which she finds her looks, quick wits and icy demeanor major assets. But just as Yella seems poised to fully realise her ambitions, she finds herself haunted by truths from the past that threaten to destroy her new life. Featuring an enigmatic performance from Nina Hoss in the title role, Christian Petzold s stylish new film is both a compelling thriller and an unsettling mystery that grips until right until its stunning denouement. Extras: Interviews with Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss / Theatrical trailer
Original and hypnotic... Mesmerisingly intense --Sight & Sound
A haunting suspense drama --Little White Lies
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Thus what we see unfolding from the start is a tale of yearning and conflicting emotions. The director also takes the opportunity to take swipes at the world of private finance and the traditional style of German film-making.
The film is beautifully made, while still being full of dramatic tension. The direction is very lean and tight, and hence Christian Petzhold is becoming a favourite director of mine. Nina Hoss plays her role with stunning intensity, placing herself at the very centre of the story, as a woman using all her strength and wit to fight against what life throws at her. The film is superbly edited to maintain the mystery right to the end, while emphasising its dreamlike quality.
The Artificial Eye special features include a trailer, plus filmographies and interviews for both Pezthold and Hoss. I highly recommend 'Yella' and also the 2012 Petzhold/Hoss film 'Barbara' Barbara [DVD].
The film creates a very cold and creepy atmosphere as almost no one is smiling. We see interiors of depersonalised spaces like offices, hotels and lounges, slick buildings and new cars. There is a tense feeling because money is at stake and people can obviously not be trusted. At the same time there is something dreamlike about certain scenes. I find Yella very thrilling psychologically speaking, cause the action is very limited. As a viewer I wondered about certain things all to the end, cause this film contains some mysteries. Also, the transfer of this AE DVD is very good. Recommended!
Couple of comments: "Yella" completes German director Christian Petzold's so-called "ghost" trilogy (started with "The State I Am In" in 2000, and continued with "Ghosts" in 2005). While these three movies are plot-wise unrelated to each other, there are clearly certain themes coming back, none more so than a critical look at how Germans are adjusting to the "new" (i.e. post-unification) Germany. Second, without giving anything away from the plot of "Yella", just know that this movie deals quite a bit with venture capital. Yes, that seems quite a stretch from the quick introduction that I wrote up earlier, you'll just have to see how the movie gets there, and get ready for a wild ride along the way. Third, Just as Petzold relied on Julia Hummer for "The State I Am In" and "Ghosts", he now puts the movie's weight on Nina Hoss, and she comes through brilliantly. Not surprisingly, Petzold has called on her again in his subsequent movies (2008's "Jerichow" and 2012's brilliant "Barbara"). Fourth, the DVD comes with several nice extras.Read more ›
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One of the worst movies I have ever seen. Who free lighted this project. Nina good movie crap.Published 3 months ago by Barry A. Kinsella
I enjoyed this film as it was full of near misses and unresolved stories and relationships.Published 16 months ago by Brad
I did not enjoy this. Without giving anything away I was lost as to the point the film was making when you reach the conclusion of the film.Published 18 months ago by Lawrence John
great to have this engrossing film, it arrived very speedily and in good conditionPublished 19 months ago by Country bookseller
This film suffers from a poor script and photography. Not really believable either as a story nor enjoyable as a narrative. Read morePublished 23 months ago by mysterioustraveller
I would like to have given this film five stars. There is obvious talent here, not least in the lead actress. Read morePublished on 17 April 2013 by Pete Johnson