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Revanche Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 22, 2010
A surprisingly unruffled tale of love, thievery, murder and revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/4.0
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
November 5, 2009
There's real biblical tragedy, and redemption, in Spielmann's fine, sad, suspenseful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 26, 2009
The performers do terrifically understated work. Even in a scene of angry, anguished coupling, silence and stillness persist.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2009
This cool, tense Austrian thriller follows a Ukrainian hooker and her petty criminal boyfriend as they try to escape their dead-end lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2009
Revanche is an extraordinary film, mythic in feeling, about an ex-con who falls in love with a prostitute and how their lives intertwine fatefully with that of a policeman and his wife.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 29, 2009
The uniformly crackerjack cast keeps things electric, yet always believable, even when behaving in ways that are shocking.
May 13, 2009
As long as Revanche focuses on the relationship between Tamara (Irina Potapenko), an indentured Ukrainian prostitute, and Alex (Johannes Krisch), the ex-con gofer and would-be tough guy who wants to help her escape, it's riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 8, 2009
Intense and emotional.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 8, 2009
The title means 'revenge', but that's a deliberate simplification; Mr. Spielmann's film is full of surprises and, in its distinctive way, full of life.
May 1, 2009
The coincidences might be too much for some, but viewers who can get past them will be treated to a suspenseful, well-acted, crisply photographed character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2009
A tidy, glum thriller that aims for a tone of sour humanism, perched just on the near edge of cynical despair.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 1, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 30, 2009
There's a moral beauty in the movie's consideration of violence and vengeance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 30, 2009
Revanche is, first and foremost, a good story, craftily told.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 28, 2009
Directed with terrific control and economy of means by Spielmann -- a film and theater vet who has had only one previous movie distributed in the U.S. -- Revanche gets its hooks into you early and leaves them there/
April 22, 2009
One of the most compelling assemblages of character studies I have seen so far in this too-often-dismal year of moviegoing.
April 3, 2009
Revanche, a recent Austrian entry in the foreign film Oscar race, is both shocking in its starkness and subtle in its low seethe of dangerous intent.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 18, 2008
With the rudiments of a crime thriller and the makings of a psychological suspense, the drawn-out unfolding of events encourages expectations of a smarter twist or more impressive ending.
October 18, 2008
All actors turn in fine, naturalistic perfs, but it would be remiss not to remark on 83-year-old Thanheiser's profoundly moving turn as the grandfather.