Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Yella (Christian Petzold, 2007)

***
Germany

An obtuse metaphysical thriller that puts an attractive young accountant played by Nina Hoss in increasingly dubious circumstances that fail to compromise her icy veneer. The few outbursts of plot are imaginatively handled and carefully placed within the greater focus on faintly off-kilter mundaneness. And Hoss' conviction helps to make the picture intriguing for the most part. But in the end it's too clinical and arbitrary, or maybe just too much smarter than its audience, to pack any kind of a punch.

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