"Revanche" is a slow, methodical film, much like its lead character Alex (Johannes Krisch), who decides to rob a bank with his girlfriend, Tamara (Irina Poapenko). Tamara wants out for the prostitution business and away from her pimp, Konecy (Hanno Poschl), and Alex is riddled in debt and works in Konecy's brothel as a bodyguard. He doesn't like seeing Koncey makes the moves on his women. Despite Alex's plan, the robbery goes wrong, and when speeding away from the scene, police officer Robert (Andreas Lust), shoots--aiming for the tires, but instead kills Tamara.
Tamara emerges as more intelligently connected to reality than her lover, the brothel tough guy, Alex. He is all sternness and hard talk - yet the surface hardness is just weak rebellion against his essential humanity. Later in the film, the police officer, Robert and his wife are introduced. Ursula Strauss, as the wife, gives a brilliant portrait of a woman whose practiced glibness is simply a smoke screen--disguising her dark impulses and emotions. The retaliations between these people develop subtly and indirectly, rather than any sort of bang-bang climax. Characters are intimately observed; their actions frequently say volumes more than their words. Eventually some characters come to know how everyone fits into this giant puzzle. The movie completely shifts gears when Robert and Alex meet. Only one of them knows the whole situation. Their meeting completely alters the course of the film.
Though his screenplay is sparse in dialogue, Spielmann directs his actors to rich performances. Explorations of loneliness and the nature of coincidence are camouflaged by a surprisingly cohesive narrative that features realistic and often unnerving character interactions. Much is asked of these actors, given that their characters are often unflattering, weak, and entirely human. These people find their lives intersecting without them knowing it. In "Revanche," which translates as "revenge" in English, the evolving situation becomes more morally complex.
"Revanche" means to move at a slower pace, allowing contemplation for the audience- -though it could have used a bit more "punch" at times to liven things up. Throughout the film, Spielmann remains in tight control of his story, creating moments of suspense, shifting dynamics on a dime, and presenting us with reversals of expectations, that seem, in retrospect, inevitable.
this was one of 'em quiet little gems; no flash, no splash, just a story well executed and told.
another one up for european cinema.
The setting is so incredibly calm and empty as the characters inhabiting it, there's an amazing connection between the characters feelings and the setting (a rural area). Subtleness is the word I would prefer to use to describe this masterpiece of suspense.
(As time passes by, my curiosity awakens more about why the hell did Departures took the prize that night having films like Waltz with Bashir, Revanche and The Class competing in the same category).
Anyway "revanche" still remains a good watch and a movie made with an undeniable talent many should visit if they are ready to withstand some unnecessary graphic sexual scenes. and over popping breast. Its story is great and and the question it raises through apparently immoral situation will probably convince the audience of its quality by its response and please most people watching it,especialy the cinema lovers outhere.The director of "revanche" is definitely one the audience and critics should follow .