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Attenberg (2012)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 8

At once playfully eccentric and poignantly bittersweet, Attenberg adds a refreshing sideways spin to the arthouse coming-of-age drama.


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 0

At once playfully eccentric and poignantly bittersweet, Attenberg adds a refreshing sideways spin to the arthouse coming-of-age drama.



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Part of the new wave of Greek cinema, Attenberg is an offbeat coming-of-age film. 23-year-old Marina is living in a small, factory town by the sea where her once-visionary architect father, has returned to die. Finding the human species foreign, she keeps her distance, choosing to observe mankind through Sir David Attenborough's mammal documentaries and the songs of Suicide. While preparing for her father's impending death, Marina discovers her own sexuality through lessons from her only friend,

Jun 19, 2012


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Tsangari's art-house minimalism, which never lets us forget we're watching a movie, still permits a surprising degree of tender emotion.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Using occasional song-and-dance numbers with a melancholy Godardian kick, [Tsangari] creates a world that's off-center and alive with loneliness.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Part of the film's success comes from Labed's performance as Marina, who infuses all that weirdness with a barely there vulnerability.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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"Attenberg" is a three-layered love story, anatomizing the mysterious emotions of grief, friendship and erotic attraction.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The drama, at its core, is simple and conventional, but it has the aura of science fiction.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Tsangari distinguishes herself from her predecessor's freak-show formalism with an underlying humanism and freewheeling playfulness.

March 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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After walking out of ATTENBERG, I couldn't decide if I really hated it, or really loved it. I still can't decide. ATTENBERG stretches the arthouse genre to "WTF!?"

August 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale
Gordon and the Whale

For all the eccentricity, the film feels unexpectedly personal in addressing experiences everyone goes through at some point in their lives.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Works somewhat as a perverse droll coming-of-age film

March 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Bittersweet, Greek coming-of-age drama about an inexperienced young woman who explores bisexuality while caring for her terminally-ill father.

June 16, 2012

The face of actress Ariane Labed lifts this quiet, dour character study by filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Attenberg gets down in the emotional muck where life, death and sex intertwine. And like those life experiences, watching it can be both awkward and poignant.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Perpetually off-balance and maybe just a little too satisfied with its cynicism

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source:

Sex, death, and an absurdist style come together in Greek film

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Tsangari catalogues these men and women like butterflies pressed between the pages of an entomologist's journal, makes brief notes of each one's idiosyncrasies, and moves on to the next.

November 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The underlying idea is that life goes on whatever we do, that human beings are merely part (and not the most important one) of a larger ecological system involving the mineral, vegetable and animal world.

September 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Impressively directed and superbly acted, Attenberg plays like a light-hearted, quirky version of Dogtooth, though its relative lack of plot means that it's difficult to engage with the characters on an emotional level.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for Attenberg

Greek character study about a strange, asexual girl and her promiscuous but equally odd best friend. The conceit in this study of the ineffable otherness of other people is that we watch these young women as if we're watching a nature documentary about animals who communicate in ways we don't understand; to remind us of that fact they occasionally break into weird dances or slip into animalistic rituals. Excellent acting makes the idea work better than it probably should have, although the average moviegoer will still find it insufferable.
August 21, 2012
Greg S

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A quirky tale of a socially awkward young woman dealing with the imminent death of her father and a budding romantic involvement with an engineer who is visiting her workplace. Most of the quirkiness is supplied by her less inhibited best friend. At times dark, often awkward, but with an overall tone of playfulness, this film touched on our need to feel like we have some control over our lives.
August 12, 2012
Mark Abell

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"Attenberg" starts with Marina(Ariane Labed) and Bella(Evangelia Randou) kissing each other. Calm down! It's not what you think. Marina is just curious to learn about kissing from her more experienced best friend but is none too thrilled with the experience and wonders if she, in fact, might be asexual.(In all honesty, I don't care for French kissing, either.) Anyway, Marina has more serious things to worry about like her father Spyros(Vangelis Mourikis), an architect, who is seriously ill. At the end of the day, she still has to go to work where she drives around an engineer(Giorgos Lanthimos).

Some might be disappointed that the wild, woolly and thoughtful movie "Attenberg" has little to say on the current crisis in Greece but it still has plenty to say about the country, starting with Spyros' rant about Greek history and also in what little future he has left, as corpses could not be cremated in Greece until very recently, which leaves his decision to be a final act of defiance.(From what I learned online, the Greek Orthodox Church feels it defiles the body but then they started to run out of room in the cemeteries. See, you learn something new everyday.) For Marina, she is having her first experiences with sex and death, as her conversations with her father have become very frank indeed(I personally do not want to think of my parents having sexual organs, and I don't think many other people do.) but still has plenty of time to play with her best friend(there are occasional intervals with them doing silly walks which simultaneously divert us and them) and watch nature documentaries.
March 11, 2012
Walter M.

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From what I understand, this film made an impact in Greece but didn't make the short list for the foreign language Oscar. Makes sense. Much is compelling but some of it isn't. An uneven film is not what Oscar winners are made of especially considering who has won the foreign language Oscar recently. Worth watching..providing that you don't pay much.
January 27, 2012
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