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  • Summary: In a small desolate town in northeastern Germany, a handsome ex-soldier, a Turkish businessman, and his beautiful, and his beautiful, restless wife find themselves in a desperate love triangle in this suspenseful reworking of James M. Cain’s classic Depression-era novel The Postman Always Rings Twice. [The Cinema Guild] Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 83
    The movie ends abruptly, setting up an epilogue that viewers will have to provide for themselves. Jerichow's sparseness, tiny cast, and minimal plot can make the film seem a little elusive, but there’s a certain elegance to Petzold's concision, too. He shows all he wants us to see.
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    80
    A tightly constructed "dramatic thriller" in which the tension comes as much from what the characters are thinking as from what they end up doing, Jerichow again confirms writer-helmer Christian Petzold ("Yella," "The State I Am In") as a world-class talent who remains underappreciated beyond Germany.
  3. Jerichow forgoes the prolonged double-crosses of "The Postman Always Rings Twice," its simpler ending made all the more powerful--and a little heartbreaking.
  4. Petzold, who has a crisp style and sharp sense of the visual, is too talented and imaginative to allow his film to become predictable. Rather, Jerichow offers implicit, sardonic social comment as well as a compelling playing out of the eternal triangle.
  5. It's a well-constructed and thoughtfully paced drama and almost a thriller, but in the end credibility and tension get lost in the mail.
  6. 70
    Told in lean, tense cinematic gestures, Jerichow also captures a social portrait of newly multicultural Germany, at least as it extends into the country's forgotten rural interior.
  7. 60
    Undeniably well executed.

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