Longing Reviews

June 17, 2013
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.
December 7, 2007
June 22, 2007
Longing intrigues because it presents an outwardly decent man falling equally in love with two women but eschews simplistic judgments.
June 22, 2007
[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.
June 21, 2007
simple and hushed, and that might be the key to the whole dang thing.
June 20, 2007
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.
June 5, 2007
A German film strongly influenced by the Dardenne brothers. Using nonprofessionals in a naturalistic setting, it tells about the consequences of "careless love".
May 26, 2007
Challenges the usual guilt-free male narrative inventions, the misogynistic cliches about the conniving other women who tempt men to stray from their marriages, and conversely the frigid or shrewish wives who drive them into adultery.
May 19, 2007
It is shot like a documentary and set in an almost comically mundane smalltown, but it deals with elemental forces and grand, romantic themes.
October 28, 2006
It would be wrong to overpraise Longing; it's a modest film, but richly rewarding and full of promise for the future.
April 25, 2006
Sehnsucht is one of those rare films for which the overused axiom "less is more" is totally justified. With her latest feature, Grisebach could give the Dardenne brothers a run for their money.
April 25, 2006
A mightily impressive feature debut by German writer-director Valeska Grisebach.