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Revanche Reviews

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 1, 2013
"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."
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 18, 2012
Impressive noir film that befits Greek tragedy as it travels deep into sublime territory.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 15, 2011
Austria's nominee for the Best Foreign Language Oscar is a precise and effective psychological thriler
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 13, 2010
Here justice moves slowly, and in mysterious ways - and Spielmann's final reckoning of accounts, though unexpected, is subtly satisfying.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
May 6, 2010
Gotz Speilmann's film is well-made, aptly characterised and seems frighteningly true to life.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 6, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
May 6, 2010
Revanche (French for 'revenge') is that rarest of things -- a thoughtful thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 3, 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 | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 1, 2010
A modern fable which draws broad parallels and depicts profound moral quandaries with an elegance and frankness rare in cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Peter Bradshaw
April 30, 2010
It has a distinctive sort of Euro-hardcore sheen, mainly due to the superbly lucid, diamond-hard cinematography from Martin Gschlacht.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
April 30, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Lee Griffiths
Little White Lies
April 30, 2010
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
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
April 29, 2010
As good a thriller as you'll see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leo Robson
Financial Times
April 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
April 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
April 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 1, 2010
It's a truly refreshing movie that justly received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
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