Jerichow (film)

Jerichow is a 2008 German drama film written and directed by Christian Petzold.[1] It is loosely inspired by the American novel The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) by James M. Cain.[2]

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Directed byChristian Petzold
Written byChristian Petzold
StarringBenno Fürmann
Nina Hoss
Music byStefan Will
CinematographyHans Fromm
Edited byBetinna Böhler
Release date
  • 7 September 2008 (2008-09-07) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • 8 January 2009 (2009-01-08) (Germany)
Running time
90 minutes
LanguageGerman, Turkish

The film was invited into the competition of the 65th Venice Film Festival, as the first film to be shown, and was also nominated for the 2009 German Film Prize in the Best Feature Film and Best Director categories.[3][4] The official German premiere was on 8 January 2009. The American showings were in German with English subtitles. As the title suggests, the film takes place in the German town of Jerichow.[5]

Plot summary

Thomas, a German veteran of the war in Afghanistan, helps Ali, a Turkish entrepreneur, after he crashes his car due to driving drunk. Ali hires Thomas, and Thomas and Laura, Ali's wife, start having an affair. As the drama unfolds, violence starts.



Wesley Morris, a writer for The Boston Globe, liked the film despite what he called silly romance and even sillier suspense.[5] In a review for Philadelphia Weekly, Matt Prigge gave the film a mixed review with a B rating.[2] Roderick Conway Morris, of International Herald Tribune, complimented the performances of the three actors.[4] Roger Ebert gave the film a positive review, saying "Petzold, who also wrote the script, doesn't make level one thrillers, and his characters may be smarter than us, or dumber".[1]



  1. Roger Ebert (June 26, 2009). "A twist to eternal triangle (HighBeam Research)". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on April 15, 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  2. Matt Prigge (August 4, 2009). "Jerichow". Philadelphia Weekly. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  3. "Nominations at a Glance". Welt Online. March 9, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  4. Roderick Conway Morris (August 29, 2008). "Jerichow A satire of politics, lust and comedy itself Venice Film Festival (HighBeam Research)". International Herald Tribune. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  5. James Verniere (July 3, 2009). "`Jerichow' rings up an old theme (HighBeam Research)". The Boston Herald. Archived from the original on April 9, 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
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