Western

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Western earns the viewer's attention with an unpredictable, patiently told tale that evokes the spirit of the titular genre while adding its own unique touches.

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When some German construction workers begin a challenging new job in the Bulgarian countryside, their sense of adventure is awakened, but so, too, are their prejudices.

Cast & Crew

Momchil Sinanov
Manchos Großvater
Valeska Grisebach
Director
Valeska Grisebach
Screenwriter
Maren Ade
Producer
Bernhard Keller
Cinematographer
Bettina Böhler
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Katrin Vorderwülbecke
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Critic Reviews for Western

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (69) | Rotten (3)

  • Like its title, "Western" is both startlingly direct and full of resonance and ambiguity.

    April 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A meandering but quietly absorbing tale of comradeship amid social tensions.

    April 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Meinhard becomes increasingly enigmatic - was he a soldier? Is he a liar? What does he really want? - and [Valeska] Grisebach, sometimes infuriatingly, offers us tantalising hints of a drama that never quite fully unfolds.

    April 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • The point of the title is to invoke a parallel, conjure a certain tradition. But it's the aggression and naked tensions of the genre that Grisebach has her eye on.

    April 12, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • One of the films of the year has arrived - maybe the best of the year - a work of unmatched subtlety, complexity and artistry.

    April 12, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • While the film hums with potential conflict, Grisebach is too singular simply to dress an old genre in new clothes. Instead, she coolly holds back her camera and paces out the escalation of hostilities under a humid Balkan sun.

    April 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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