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Jonathan F. Richards,
Petzoid takes the Cain themes of lust and duplicity and twists them into a reflection on modern Germany, where nationalism and loyalties and identity and economics are jumbled and thrown into confusion.
Jerichow's sparseness, tiny cast, and minimal plot can make the film seem a little elusive, but there's a certain elegance to Petzold's concision, too. He shows all he wants us to see.
This is silly romance. It's sillier suspense. But I'm not above saying I enjoyed it.
Los Angeles Times:
Petzold, who has a crisp style and sharp sense of the visual, is too talented and imaginative to allow his film to become predictable.
New York Post:
Viewers will be drawn in by Jerichow even if they aren't familiar with Cain's tale and the other movies it spawned.
A taut, German-made thriller, Jerichow adds a bit of European xenophobia to the pulp traditions of passion and betrayal.
It's easy to compare Jerichow with the films of The Postman Always Rings Twice, with the grimy gas station owner, the sexy wife and the rugged drifter, but people have a way of not behaving according to their superficial qualities.
Jerichow is striking proof of the [Germany]'s resurgence as a hotbed of provocative new cinema.
Cain's novel, set in Depression-era America, finds a fitting update in the impoverished titular town of northeastern Germany.