German writer-director Christian Petzold transforms the classic American cult movie CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962) into a
bleak drama about soul-sucking alienation in the reunited Germany.
Unemployed and seperated from her insanely possessive husband, Ben (Hinnerk Schonemann), accountant Yella Fichte
(Nina Hoss) is desperate to escape Wittenberge, her hometown in the Former East Germany. Her opportunity arrives
in the form of a new job in Hanover, in the west. Yella unwisely allows Ben to drive her to the train station -- he
looks so contrite and anyway, in Hanover she won't have to deal with him any more -- and Ben uses the opportunity to
accuse her of bei...