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At once playfully eccentric and poignantly bittersweet, Attenberg adds a refreshing sideways spin to the arthouse coming-of-age drama.



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Part of the new wave of Greek cinema, Attenberg is an offbeat coming-of-age film. 23-year-old Marina is living in a small, factory town by the sea where her once-visionary architect father, has returned to die. Finding the human species foreign, she keeps her distance, choosing to observe mankind through Sir David Attenborough's mammal documentaries and the songs of Suicide. While preparing for her father's impending death, Marina discovers her own sexuality through lessons from her only friend, Bella, and a visiting engineer. Equal parts abstract theater and melodrama, Attenberg sincerely and humorously navigates the defining moments in life. -- (C) Strand

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  • Nov 22, 2013
    A comparison with Haneke is, in my humble opinion, absolutely out of the question. My hypothesis is that Athina Rachel Tsangari comes as a hybrid of Giorgos Lanthimos' Kynodontas (2009) and Chantal Akerman's Les rendez-vous d'Anna (1978), the first one thematically, the second one visually. The thematic connection can be drawn from the condemnation of the 20th Century as a "remnant of toxic modernism of post-Enlightment"; Kynodontas condemns the post-industrialist current reality almost as much as Attenberg does. The concept of a family isolated from civilization and unleashing uncommon behaviors as an integral part of their personalities is another similarity. All of these elements play part in an absorbing environment of dredd and hopelessness. The visual connection, on the other hand, can be found in the loneliness of the characters mirroring the suddenness of Anna's meetings in Akerman's alter-ego character study, with a striking cinematography depicting natural landscapes, industrial scenarios and domestic settings, and portraying sexuality in a timid/experimental way, yet with the erotic curiosity found in Kynodontas. Bottom line is, what fascinates me about cinema is the amount of ways that an idea can find to be expressed throughout the decades, and still maintain its essence. It's like having a visitor at home, and then receiving the same visitor unexpectedly many years later. It doesn't matter how much time has passed, you can still recognize him, because he hasn't changed a bit. 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2012
    Greek character study about a strange, asexual girl and her promiscuous but equally odd best friend. The conceit in this study of the ineffable otherness of other people is that we watch these young women as if we're watching a nature documentary about animals who communicate in ways we don't understand; to remind us of that fact they occasionally break into weird dances or slip into animalistic rituals. Excellent acting makes the idea work better than it probably should have, although the average moviegoer will still find it insufferable.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2012
    A quirky tale of a socially awkward young woman dealing with the imminent death of her father and a budding romantic involvement with an engineer who is visiting her workplace. Most of the quirkiness is supplied by her less inhibited best friend. At times dark, often awkward, but with an overall tone of playfulness, this film touched on our need to feel like we have some control over our lives.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2012
    From a country that is trying to rediscover itself politically, financially and ecomonically come a string of films (films such as Attenberg, Dogtooth, Alps, L) that share a common style: they all feel to be void of the human emotional undercoat and delivering quirky, and somewhat perversively captivating material that might seem disjointed for those looking for a conventional storytelling but is rewarding for those who are looking for alternative manifestations of them.
    Nicolas K Super Reviewer

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