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Revanche Reviews

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

"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 Source: Film Comment Magazine

July 1, 2013
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

June 18, 2012
Emanuel Levy

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

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

June 15, 2011
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

July 13, 2010
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Gotz Speilmann's film is well-made, aptly characterised and seems frighteningly true to life.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2010
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

More character study than thriller (the title means "revenge"), this slow-burning Austrian film effectively holds our interest with its unpredictable plot, even though it's not easy to care where it's going.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2010
Philip Kemp
Total Film

Revanche (French for 'revenge') is that rarest of things -- a thoughtful thriller.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/4

May 6, 2010

It unfurls at a slow, measured pace, and director Götz Spielmann uses the plot's Noir-esque trappings as a jumping-off point for an absorbing morality tale about the way life never turns out as planned. It's bleak, but in a good way.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 5/5

May 3, 2010
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

A modern fable which draws broad parallels and depicts profound moral quandaries with an elegance and frankness rare in cinema.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

May 1, 2010
Peter Bradshaw

It has a distinctive sort of Euro-hardcore sheen, mainly due to the superbly lucid, diamond-hard cinematography from Martin Gschlacht.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

April 30, 2010
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

It's a slow-burning Austrian thriller with no stars, no special effects and, by the looks of it, almost no budget. But sometimes a little goes a long way.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

April 30, 2010
Lee Griffiths
Little White Lies

Aided by a terrific performance from Krisch and an exceptional ensemble cast, Revanche is a beautifully crafted psychological thriller that should firmly place Götz Spielmann on the world cinema map.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 30, 2010
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

The film exerts a steady grip without charging head-first into thriller territory: there's a cool, cosmic irony to the way fate wheels around.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/4

April 29, 2010
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine

As good a thriller as you'll see this year.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 29, 2010
Leo Robson
Financial Times

Tauntingly slow but hauntingly shot (and edited with crisp abruptness), it was a deserving nominee for Best Foreign Film at last year's Oscars.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 29, 2010
David Parkinson
Radio Times

This riveting study of desire, isolation, guilt and redemption bears the influence of both Robert Bresson and Michael Haneke, and proves surprisingly optimistic in its assessment of human weakness.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 29, 2010
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

From pacing and composition to its frank attitude to sex and wonderfully open performances, the film is a largely pretension-free zone. A fine lesson in the art of storytelling.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 4/5

April 29, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's a truly refreshing movie that justly received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

April 1, 2010
Matthew Sorrento
Bright Lights Film Journal

The film's first half uses a restrained style to build interest, while the latter, as clever in its construction as it is human, elevates the characters of this potential potboiler.

Full Review Source: Bright Lights Film Journal | Original Score: 9/10

March 9, 2010
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

feels like the product of a master craftsman

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 20, 2010
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