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Yella (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Romance | 16 May 2008 (USA)
Yella is estranged from her possessive and violent husband; but he can't quite bring himself to give her up. When their fraught interaction finally comes to dramatic conclusion, Yella's life takes an odd shift.

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Christian Petzold
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nina Hoss ... Yella Fichte
Devid Striesow ... Philipp
Hinnerk Schönemann Hinnerk Schönemann ... Ben
Burghart Klaußner ... Dr. Gunthen
Barbara Auer ... Barbara Gunthen
Christian Redl ... Yellas Vater
Selin Bademsoy Selin Bademsoy ... Dr. Gunthens Tochter (as Selin Barbara Petzold)
Wanja Mues ... Sprenger
Michael Wittenborn ... Dr. Schmidt-Ott
Martin Brambach ... Dr. Fritz
Joachim Nimtz Joachim Nimtz ... Prietzel
Peter Benedict Peter Benedict ... Dr. Friedrichs Anwalt Oliver
Ian Norval Ian Norval ... Rezeptionist
Peter Knaack Peter Knaack ... Insolvenzverwalter
Thomas Giese Thomas Giese ... Kassierer
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Storyline

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. As her marriage to Ben broke and her professional career has no future in her native town in the Eastern part of Germany, Yella has decided to search for a job in the West. When she gets to know Philipp, a smart executive at a private equity company in Hanover, she becomes his assistant and gets involved into the world of ruthless and big business. Realizing her dreams could come true with Philipp's help, she starts hearing voices and sounds from her past, which menace her new and better life... Written by fippi2000

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Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

16 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Йелла See more »

Filming Locations:

Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,767, 18 May 2008

Gross USA:

$30,647

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$999,588
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The plot and conflicts are nearly identical to Herk Harvey's Carnival of Souls (1962). Only the setting, context and some characters are different. The original screenplay by John Clifford is not credited as a source. See more »

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Referenced in Kennwort Kino: Das Geheimnis von Yella (2007) See more »

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Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor, Op.27 No.2
by Ludwig van Beethoven
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The Orange Peel Stripped Away
9 May 2009 | by kingacres0See all my reviews

If you are looking for a thriller that sweeps you away for 90 minutes go elsewhere. If you are looking for a twister that strives to constantly outwit your keen literary and cinematic intellectual sensibilities with its never-ending brain teasers this isn't it. The film does have flaws but, as a vehicle that facilitates a better understanding of human nature, it is very successful.

Why can't bright people get over the need to duel with the directors and writers of film and, instead, pay attention to what is important? Whatever its shortcomings, this is a look into the psyche of a human being that, at least for me, reveals all the frailties, contradictions and inconsistencies that our species is heir to.

See this film, allow yourself to enter into Yella - then, by all means, dissect and analyze it later.


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