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Longing (Sehnsucht) Reviews

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

The restrained visual style (you could almost call it icy) conveys an all but clinical objectivity-there are numerous segments in the film that could easily pass as documentary.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 17, 2013
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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Longing intrigues because it presents an outwardly decent man falling equally in love with two women but eschews simplistic judgments.

| Original Score: 3/5

June 22, 2007
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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[Director] Grisebach makes good use of her low-budget and nonprofessional leads. Just as the story is minimalist, so too is the documentary-like film's look: long static takes and tons of close-ups.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 22, 2007
Chris Cabin

simple and hushed, and that might be the key to the whole dang thing.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

June 21, 2007
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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Grisebach's magnificent and moving chamber drama is a roaring mouse that offers ample room for extrapolation though its episodic editing, with Dardenne-style observations so astute that typically inexpressible passions and angst become raw and visible.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 20, 2007
Louis Proyect

A German film strongly influenced by the Dardenne brothers. Using nonprofessionals in a naturalistic setting, it tells about the consequences of "careless love".

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June 5, 2007
Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine

A Michael Haneke-lite wank job.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

June 4, 2007
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

Challenges the usual guilt-free male narrative inventions, the misogynistic cliches about the conniving other women who tempt men to stray from their marriages, and conversely the frigid or shrewish wives who drive them into adultery.

Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio

May 26, 2007

In the end, it fails to tug the heartstrings.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

May 26, 2007
Steve Rose

It is shot like a documentary and set in an almost comically mundane smalltown, but it deals with elemental forces and grand, romantic themes.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

May 19, 2007
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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It would be wrong to overpraise Longing; it's a modest film, but richly rewarding and full of promise for the future.

Full Review Source: Time Out

October 28, 2006
Boyd van Hoeij

Sehnsucht is one of those rare films for which the overused axiom "less is more" is totally justified. With her latest feature, Grisebach could give the Dardenne brothers a run for their money.

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April 25, 2006
Derek Elley
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A mightily impressive feature debut by German writer-director Valeska Grisebach.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 25, 2006
Joshua Land
Time Out New York
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Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

January 18, 2008
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 7, 2007
Sky Hirschkron
Stylus Magazine
April 4, 2011
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