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Revanche Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
February 17, 2010
... all about the emotional reverberations of loss and guilt and rage and blame and the illogic of how it unravels lives.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 15, 2010
A potent mood piece lifted by gorgeous cinematography, resonant performances and, above, all, Spielmann's sensitive filmmaking. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
January 22, 2010
A surprisingly unruffled tale of love, thievery, murder and revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/4.0
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
January 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 14, 2009
An unbearably taut, slow-simmering noir transposed to the vast countryside and its patient, drawn-out rhythms.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
November 21, 2009
The precise camera placement in every scene brings the audience an up-close and personal vantage point. The sights and sounds of nature play an integral part in the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
November 20, 2009
Spielmann sets a tone of weary desperation and rarely strays from it. Not a happy film, but a gripping one.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 5, 2009
There's real biblical tragedy, and redemption, in Spielmann's fine, sad, suspenseful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Ramos
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 29, 2009
Artful, suspenseful and utterly engaging, Revanche is also challenging and arguably one of the most mature dramas to hit art houses this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 9, 2009
Spielmann's deft storytelling is coupled with immaculate compositions that constrain the characters as confidently as any prison bars.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 11, 2009
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Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 14, 2009
A film of carefully strained pulp and rigorously controlled intrigue, the Austrian revenge drama Revanche, which is really about the dividing line between vengeance and forgiveness, belongs to a neo-noir universe where all the classical genre laws apply.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
August 7, 2009
So few characters in Hollywood thrillers ever feel real. The true achievement of Revanche may be that Spielmann's characters sometimes feel too much so.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
August 7, 2009
Writer-director Gotz Spielmann (Antares) avoids the clutter and manipulation of most thrillers, escalating tension almost solely through the characters' turbulent emotions.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 6, 2009
Revanche involves a rare coming together of a male's criminal nature and a female's deep needs, entwined with a first-rate thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
July 31, 2009
The quiet cinematography by Martin Gschlacht underscores the film's emphasis on characters rather than action while placing the characters in very specific contexts...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 30, 2009
The title Revanche means 'retribution,' and this Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film is a European extract of neo-noir, like a Bavarian Body Heat or a Teutonic 21 Grams.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 16, 2009
It's undeniably effective and pretty engrossing. And there's something to be said for the unconventional way it sucks viewers in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 3, 2009
Unsettling and at the same time genuinely moving, it's a superb psychological thriller...remarkable for its meticulous creation of mood.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 26, 2009
The performers do terrifically understated work. Even in a scene of angry, anguished coupling, silence and stillness persist.
| Original Score: 3/4
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