Longing Reviews

January 18, 2008
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 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.
May 26, 2007
In the end, it fails to tug the heartstrings.
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
A mightily impressive feature debut by German writer-director Valeska Grisebach.