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Year
2007
Runtime
89 min.
Director
Christian Petzold
Genres
Drama, Romance, Thriller
Rating *
6.7
Votes *
2,086
Checks
237
Favs
10
Dislikes
0
Favs/checks
4.2% (1:24)
Favs/dislikes
10:0
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    Andrewski

    The third Petzold movie I’ve seen, and not having seen Carnival of Souls I went in lacking narrative context. Ah well, everything I need is here: Petzold’s understated style, Nina Hoss, and… balance sheets? I mean: simmering tension.

    Where the story works it ratchets up the tension surrounding Yella’s life: her escape from the East, narrow escape from death, struggles to find work, and to keep away from Ben. People driving in cars again! And the concealed motives that go along with that. As it progresses the struggles get tougher, the stakes higher. Things go poorly and in the end we see what we didn’t want to know all along.

    That’s part of where the story doesn’t work so well: it seems in hewing to the original Carnival it has nowhere to go from what it set up. Petzold made a unique choice to translate the “ghosts” as metaphorical: the past, the ex, capitalism itself. It transcends the original story by my quick reading. But the ending brings it right back down.
    1 year 2 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #280 in ICM Forum's 500<400
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  2. This movie ranks #950 in Doubling the Canon
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