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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"This is silly romance. It's sillier suspense. But I'm not above saying I enjoyed it."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"A well-crafted and well-acted reworking of the classic noir film The Postman Always Rings Twice."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This swift, skillful film builds to a closing image that leaves you with what they call the wow factor on Top Chef not just because the finale is so shocking but because it is also so shockingly inevitable."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A taut, character-driven and intelligently crafted thriller with a strong and radiant performance by Nina Hoss."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"A taut, German-made thriller, Jerichow adds a bit of European xenophobia to the pulp traditions of passion and betrayal."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Isn't startlingly new, but it's a nice twist on a familiar formula, and should satisfy anyone who wants to see the postman, as it were, ring yet again."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"How do you say 'Three's a crowd' auf Deutsch?"
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"A modern-day, Teutonic Postman Always Rings Twice? Yes, Jerichow is just that, but minus the needed passion or suspense."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"This is a movie made by and for adults, and adults should consider seeing it."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"So compact and controlled is this fine film."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Jerichow is not the masterfully complex work that Yella* was, but it's very tightly constructed and made, showing in some ways Peltzold's maturity as a filmmaker."
‑ Craig Phillips, GreenCine
"The ironic denouement doesn't match the fever pitch of the build up. But . . .the walls of Jerichow fall down just from the heat Fürmann and Hoss generate."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"A great modern neo-noir thriller with sparse, tight dialog and passion that boils right through to the final shocking ending."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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