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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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A group of German construction workers start a tough job at a remote building site in the Bulgarian countryside. The foreign land awakens the men's sense of adventure, but they are also confronted with their own prejudice and mistrust due to the language barrier and cultural differences. The stage is quickly set for a showdown when two men begin to compete for recognition and favor from the local villagers.

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All Critics (71) | Top Critics (10)

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

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

    Apr 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.

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

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • One of the films of the year has arrived - maybe the best of the year - a work of unmatched subtlety, complexity and artistry.

    Apr 12, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Packed with moments of beauty worthy of classic westerns, and makes you want to be more attentive towards others.

    Apr 11, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • A culture clash defined by an incredibly strong first-time performance, it's continually more emotionally surprising than its dry packaging lets on.

    Feb 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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