lnp3 at panix.com
Thu May 14 11:33:23 MDT 2009
The thematic and stylistic similarities between “Jerichow”, the new film
directed by German director Christian Petzold opening at the Film Forum
in N.Y. tomorrow, and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Three Monkeys” is striking.
Both use the MacGuffin of automobile mishaps to set plots about marital
infidelity into motion, and both embrace the minimalism becoming more
and more pervasive as an international style—regrettably.
Jerichow is a small town in northeastern Germany, where we first meet
Thomas, a dishonorably discharged soldier who had served in Afghanistan
and who has come home to live in the house of his recently deceased
mother. Like many East Germans, he is without a steady job and forced to
seek temporary and highly menial work harvesting cucumbers.
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