Jerichow, by German director Christian Petzold, has a seemingly played-out plot: a love triangle with violence. Hasn’t this postman already rung more than twice? Yet Jerichow feels too natural and direct to share kinship with melodramatic potboilers. It tells the story of Thomas (Benno Fürmann), a petty gangster and war veteran who’s left broke and alone in his former East German hometown. There he finds work as minion to a thuggish Turkish businessman (Hilmi Sözer) who has a pretty but dependent wife (Nina Hoss). Despite the familiar setup, the movie is fresh, engaging and surprisingly unpredictable, and Petzold’s social commentary is neither too blunt nor too cryptic. In German and Turkish with subtitles. Part of the Christian Petzold festival in Vanderbilt’s International Lens series, free and open to the public.