Christian Petzold

Christian Petzold – Jerichow (2008)

In Christian Petzold’s carefully crafted reworking of the ‘Postman Always Rings Twice’ story set in a desolate region of northeastern Germany, Ali (Hilmi Sözer) is a shrewd, well-off immigrant from Turkey. He’s married to Laura (Petzold favourite Nina Hoss), an attractive German woman whom he rescued from a bad past, and owns a string of snack bars. Life is placid, if a little joyless, until Ali makes the mistake of hiring disreputable ex-soldier Thomas (Benno Fürmann) as his driver. From then on, things are placid only on the surface… Read More »

Christian Petzold – Polizeiruf 110: Wölfe (2016)

German review by Spiegel Online wrote:
Der Autorenfilmstar Christian Petzold, der schon die ‘Kreise’-Episode geschrieben und gedreht hat, hat diesen ‘Polizeiruf’ als so kunst- wie lustvollen Assoziationsstrom in Szene gesetzt. […] Mit romantischem Grimm und grimmscher Romantik zielt […] Petzold aufs kollektive Unterbewusstsein der Zuschauer und arbeitet sich durch alle Facetten des Wolfs-Topos – inklusive einer Ermittlerin, die mit rotem Mantel, vernebeltem Blick und naivem Interesse doch sehr an eine der größten Heldinnen der Gebrüder Grimm erinnert. Dabei bewahrt sich Christian Petzold seinen von aller Gefühlsrhetorik befreiten Stil. In lakonischen Dialogen holt er Angstbilder hoch, die in uns allen schlummern. Read More »

Christian Petzold – Polizeiruf 110: Tatorte (2018)

Christian Petzold’s third episode for the Polizeiruf 110 series, “Tatorte,” starring Matthias Brandt, who has a major cameo in Transit.

Episode description: A woman is executed in a secluded parking lot in front of her daughter. For assistant Nadja and Kriminalhauptkommissar Hanns von Meuffels the case seems obvious: a family drama. Read More »

Christian Petzold – Toter Mann AKA Something to Remind Me (2001)

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Middle-aged lawyer Thomas assists Leyla, an attractive blonde, when she drops her things at the pool. After their paths keep crossing, he picks up the courage to ask her out for a date. Somewhat to his surprise she agrees, but arrives late, just as the restaurant is closing. They go back to his apartment for an impromptu pizza and, after a few drinks, she falls asleep on the couch.

The next morning Thomas awakes to find Leyla and his laptop, which contains vital case files, missing…

An expertly constructed thriller in the tradition of Hitchcock and Chabrol, writer/director Christian Petzold’s Something To Remind Me keeps the viewer enthralled throughout. Read More »

Christian Petzold – Yella (2007)

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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… Read More »

Christian Petzold – Polizeiruf 110: Kreise (2015)

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German review by T. Groh:

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[…] Ein Meta-Fernsehkrimi. Für dieses Vorhaben bietet der BR-“Polizeiruf” um Kommissar von Meuffels einem etablierten Auteur wie Christian Petzold das ideale Experimentierlabor: Schon die Initialzündung im Jahr 2011 (Dominik Grafs “Cassandras Warnung”) setzte einen deutlichen Akzent, der sich im weiteren Verlauf der Reihe bestätigte: Der Münchner “Polizeiruf” (mit weiteren Beiträgen u.a. von Hans Steinbichler, Leander Haußmann, Hendrik Handloegten, Jan Bonny, nochmal Graf) ist im Wesentlichen ein Regieformat, das Reibeflächen zwischen Formatvorgabe und individueller Handschrift nicht nur zulässt, sondern offen sucht. In verlässlicher Regelmäßigkeit entstanden hier die besten oder wenigstens interessantesten Fernsehkrimis der vergangenen Jahre. Und mit dem von Matthias Brandt kongenial verkörperten Kommissar von Meuffels etablierte sich eine der spannendsten, trotz gedämpftem Spiel facettenreichsten Ermittlerfiguren. […] Read More »

Christian Petzold – Cuba Libre (1996)

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WELL-MADE BUT DEPRESSING DRAMA
by jan onderwater (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Depressing, dark love drama with thin story line, that makes you wonder whether the makers believe in life at all. The male protagonist is constantly running into problems and gets beaten up time and time again, so much so that after a while I could not help laughing, which cannot have been the intention of the makers: they are vèry, vèry serious. The crux of the film seems to be a sharp comment on the money driven German society, in which it is impossible to show any real affection; of course this could be a dilemma of the makers themselves: money is not the problem, but what you do with it. Not forgotten is to include an extreme right wing man whose self-proclaimed purpose in life it is to free the street of socially undesirable elements. It is all very heavy symbolism with no relief, but it is certainly well-made with a script that – as the film progresses – becomes less and less surprising. The two acting leads are good.; fine cinematography. Read More »