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Revanche (2009)

Revanche

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Critic Consensus: With Revanche, Götz Spielmann has crafted a debut as surprising as it is suspenseful.

Movie Info

A happily married couple becomes unlikely friends with a man whose life has been marked by chaos and violence in this drama from Austria. Alex (Johannes Krisch) is a small-time criminal who, after a stretch in prison, finds himself working for Konecny (Hanno Pöschl), who runs a grimy house of prostitution; unknown to Konecny, Alex is also involved with Tamara (Irina Potapenko), one of his whores. Wanting to raise some quick cash, Alex robs a bank in a nearby small town and hides out on a farm owned by his grandfather (Hannes Thanheiser) while he waits for the heat to cool down. Alex tries to keep a low profile in the country, and he's troubled by boredom and despair, but his mood brightens when he strikes up a friendship with Susanne (Ursula Strauss), a cheerful and generous woman who lives nearby. But Alex's new friend happens to be married to Robert (Andreas Lust), a member of the local police force. Revanche was screened as an official entry at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Götz Spielmann
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 16, 2010
Runtime:
Janus Films - Official Site

Cast

Hannes Thanheiser
as Grandfather
Johannes Thanheiser
as Grandfather Hausner
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Critic Reviews for Revanche

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (26)

A surprisingly unruffled tale of love, thievery, murder and revenge.

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The plot might have yielded a generic erotic thriller if Revanche were made by rougher hands. Instead it becomes something more sophisticated thanks to the efforts of writer-director Götz Spielmann and a superb cast.

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
Toronto Star
Top Critic

"It works because Spielmann has established that we're not watching belabored dramatic trajectories collide, but an encounter between two people in miles-away mindsets."

Full Review… | July 1, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Impressive noir film that befits Greek tragedy as it travels deep into sublime territory.

Full Review… | June 18, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Austria's nominee for the Best Foreign Language Oscar is a precise and effective psychological thriler

Full Review… | June 15, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

Here justice moves slowly, and in mysterious ways - and Spielmann's final reckoning of accounts, though unexpected, is subtly satisfying.

Full Review… | July 13, 2010
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for Revanche

A gorgeous, sentimental, and somewhat existentialist drama about revenge, forgiveness, love, and devotion. Shot in mostly long, static shots without any musical score, Revanche is a film that will absorb and envelope you into its world, staying with you long after the credits have rolled.

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Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

½

In many ways, Revanche is almost two separate films. Exactly halfway through the film, it takes a turn that, while somewhat dependent on the opening, can exist on its own. The same goes for the first half. The credits could role at the one hour mark and the film would still feel complete. Still, they both influence each other. The first deals with the longing for a better life, while the second act is the converse; it preserves the memory of better times and the struggle to regain what has been lost. One desperate act transforms everything; one bullet - literally - causes the change. It's really sort of depressing and pessimistic if you think about it. Alex is perfectly miserable throughout the entire film, no matter what else is happening. Granted, he has had a hard life, but it makes you wonder if happiness truly is nothing more than a state of mind. Anyway, it's not one of the best films I've ever seen, but it still deserves some credit and recognition.

neverteaseaweasel
Jake ....

Super Reviewer

½

a brooding thriller that is set in a bit more of a real world than most films of this genre. spielmann has crafted this film perfectly, making the wise choice to leave out a musical score to heighten the sense of realism and using excellent camera work to set the mood of each scene instead. the absence of a score also makes the grandfathers accordion playing a bit more relevant to the actual sense of emotion being portrayed on screen. the varied landscapes and 3 act formula are used with precision, and the characters are written so well that they each have a chance to reveal their multiple dimensions. an emotional film, but at the same time an appropriately simple one with a surprise ending that squares with reality in a refreshing way. a powerful film.

sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

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