Yella (2008)

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.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 16, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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

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Chris Darke
Film Comment Magazine

Petzold, a leading light of the current generation of young German filmmakers, succeeds in making the modern world strange again.

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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

[A] tightly controlled metaphysical horror movie.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An edgy, intellectual and enigmatic dream-like metaphysical thriller about living in post-reunification contemporary German as a venture capitalist.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune

The German offering Yella begins with an utterly gripping first 15 minutes, follows with a passable drama and ends with a big disappointment.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Yella is a strange beast: a twisty, slightly surreal mystery wrapped around the tedious art of the business deal.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
William Dunmyer
[font=Georgia][size=3]"Yella," from German writer/director [/size][size=3][b]Christian Petzold,[/b] [/size][size=3]is one of the most unusual and… More
Daisy Maduro
'Christian Petzold 's drama deals with a woman, who leaves her hometown for a promising job and a new life, but is haunted by the truths of the past.… More
Walter M.
Even with an obvious conclusion, "Yella" is still a compelling movie, simply told, with a quietly strong performance from Nina Hoss as the title… More
alan jay
not to be confused with the 50s classic "Old Yella", this movie purposely feels somewhat like a dream (or nightmare), where everything seems a bit out… More