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Jerichow, Christian Petzold (2008)

Meat-and-potatoes Postman-Always-Rings-Twice melodrama only German, which means instead of gaudy patter and Lana Turner you get a lot of long silences and an emaciated junkie. This would have been completely boring in every single solitary way were it not for the decision to make the cuckold Turkish and the wife and handsome stranger über-Aryan, thus requiring the viewer to spend 93 minutes trying to decide whether this is somehow a political allegory. I’m pretty sure it’s not, but kudos to Petzold for bamboozling me into working that hard to figure out how and why not.

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