German filmmaker Christian Petzold (The State I Am In) has a gift for creating quiet, watchful characters, and his still waters run especially deep in Yella (Nina Hoss), a beautiful young woman chronically abused by men. Her crazy ex-husband is stalking her, and when she takes an accounting job in a new town, her boss tries to exploit her professionally and sexually. By chance she hooks up with a handsome venture capitalist (Devid Striesow) who needs someone to ride shotgun as he negotiates with dodgy entrepreneurs. Yella proves to be an exceptionally shrewd boardroom operator, though her relationship with her respectful new colleague is shot through with suspicion and sexual tension. Petzold strikes a perfect balance between corporate intrigue and metaphysical mystery; his 2007 drama is filled with suspense but ends in delicious ambiguity. In German with subtitles.
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