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2005 1h 25m Drama List
Reviews 61% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
Francoise (Marianne Basler) sees Nina (Julia Hummer), an orphan with mental problems, and thinks she is her kidnapped daughter. Read More Read Less

Critics Reviews

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David Lamble Bay Area Reporter ...we understand, but just don't give a damn. May 7, 2020 Full Review Keith H. Brown Eye for Film Somewhat too enigmatic and slow burning for its own good, demanding that the viewer work at making sense of it all, but not providing adequate recompense for their efforts. Rated: 2.5/5 Apr 25, 2019 Full Review Kaleem Aftab The List Ghosts has a mystical and supernatural quality. The work of a major talent. Rated: 4/5 Apr 25, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A haunting Grimm fairy tale-like intimate drama set in modern Berlin. Rated: A- Jul 30, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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william k Peculiar psychological drama portrays two girls and a woman who, due to different circumstances, have become estranged and isolated from society (or even the real world) - hence 'ghosts' - but encounter each other; intelligently made, but elliptical in its narrative, there's an overall otherworldly atmosphere throughout the film. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Petzold knows what he's doing, but what he's doing isn't particularly stimulating. Uninteresting characters, uninteresting plot, poor pacing and bare-bones in almost every way, Gespenster doesn't have much to recommend itself. Because there was clear thought and depth beyond a simple story about two girls on the fringes of society, it's not completely worthless, and some people will enjoy it. If you like the films of Jim Jarmusch, you'll probably like this, but don't expect as good of music. The whole film takes far too much time going nowhere, but if you liked that sort of thing (65% of audience liked Gerry!), then this film is for you. Otherwise, it's REALLY not. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member wow - the girls are great, especially Sabine Timoteo who I think is going places. Petzold's playing here with fact and fiction, possibilities and an open ended question in the end that leaves the horizon wide and unexplored, just like life itself should be. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a film about reality. How we are alone and there is no one that can fight our demons but us. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member All of Christian Petzold's films are stinging, yet subtle. This sad little gem is no exception. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Very bleak and stark German film. Low budget and with no annoying music score telling you how to feel. Liked it a lot. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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Synopsis Francoise (Marianne Basler) sees Nina (Julia Hummer), an orphan with mental problems, and thinks she is her kidnapped daughter.
Christian Petzold
Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Anne-Dominique Toussaint, Michael Weber
Harun Farocki, Christian Petzold
Original Language
Release Date (DVD)
Nov 3, 2009
1h 25m