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Western Reviews

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February 27, 2019
Neumann does an impressive work here, embracing his first role with natural ease and assuming great part of the responsibility in making of the tale a grounded and sincere experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 24, 2019
Western knows there is a hierarchy in remembered violence.
December 20, 2018
Two hours is a long time to tell a story as unadorned as this one, but Valeska Grisebach packs a surprising amount of tension in unexpected corners.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 4, 2018
Manhood is the theme of German director Valeska Grisebach's Western, which takes place in the Bulgarian countryside, where German workers are constructing a hydroelectric power plant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 12, 2018
Valeska Grisebach explores male group dynamics, aggression, class resentments and xenophobia in modern day Eastern Europe utilizing oater genre tropes and a non-professional cast.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 8, 2018
A slow-burning and tense drama which brings the Wild West to the Balkans.
November 5, 2018
"Western ... is, by the way, very far from being a mere referential game of western cinema: the dramatic structure of the genre is there, no doubt, but what happens does not necessarily agree with what we expect".
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 28, 2018
It's a powerful and haunting introduction to Grisebach's work, and certainly one would hope that the wait for a new film (this is her first film in over a decade) won't be anywhere near as long.
October 22, 2018
Although the characters onscreen learn all too well how being unaware of history they're doomed to repeat it, the writer/director takes what she knows to boldly capture a time.
September 13, 2018
This film by the German Valeska Grisebach retakes the essence of the classic genre alluded to in the title, but gives it more subtle forms, changing the duels and shootings by gestures and conversations. [Full Review in Spanish]
September 10, 2018
The director Valeska Grisebach maintains a powerful acting force and scenes of pulsating drama where understanding reigns despite the ignorance of the foreign language. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 28, 2018
Grisebach draws these men with three-dimensional, complex identities and watches them butt heads and shake hands knowing their inherent drama is enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 27, 2018
Western is a quietly captivating, subtle film that will stay with you and leave you thinking for a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 21, 2018
The final product winds up being unsatisfactory. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
June 21, 2018
It should not be overlooked that in a story in which the protagonists are men, the eyes of a woman [director Valeska Grisebach] dissects them perfectly. [Full review in Spanish]
June 21, 2018
Western presents an abstract face that aims, without fuss, toward the fundamental enigmas of existence. The discreet conquest of that space of reflection ends up being its greatest triumph. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 18, 2018
With proverbial lucidity, Western expertly presents the contrasted weapons of black humor and border poetry. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 18, 2018
A praiseworthy film that should not go unnoticed... [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 18, 2018
What counts is that barely perceptible space between salvation and guilt. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 18, 2018
Full of objective humanity... [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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