Longing (2007)

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A love triangle set in the former communist East Germany.

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Longing intrigues because it presents an outwardly decent man falling equally in love with two women but eschews simplistic judgments.

Jun 22, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

[Director] Grisebach makes good use of her low-budget and nonprofessional leads. Just as the story is minimalist, so too is the documentary-like film's look: long static takes and tons of close-ups.

Jun 22, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Grisebach's magnificent and moving chamber drama is a roaring mouse that offers ample room for extrapolation though its episodic editing, with Dardenne-style observations so astute that typically inexpressible passions and angst become raw and visible.

Jun 20, 2007 | Full Review…

It would be wrong to overpraise Longing; it's a modest film, but richly rewarding and full of promise for the future.

Oct 28, 2006 | Full Review…
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A mightily impressive feature debut by German writer-director Valeska Grisebach.

Apr 25, 2006 | Full Review…
Variety
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The restrained visual style (you could almost call it icy) conveys an all but clinical objectivity-there are numerous segments in the film that could easily pass as documentary.

Jun 17, 2013 | Full Review…

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