Introduction by Christian Petzold on November 30
In this unofficial adaptation of James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice, steely-eyed yet fragile Petzold regular Benno Fürmann plays Thomas, a hard-up Afghanistan war veteran who takes a job as a driver for Ali, a wealthy Turkish snack-bar entrepreneur. But his loyalty is tested when he meets Laura, Ali’s quietly frustrated wife (Nina Hoss), and the two begin a dangerous affair. As the relationship intensifies, Ali’s paranoia becomes more volatile, plunging the characters into a morass of lies and suspicion, beneath which simmer the xenophobia and economic inequities of contemporary Europe.
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