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Old 07-29-10, 11:08 AM
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Revanche(Götz Spielmann,2008)

Anyone else seen this one? Man it's freaking terrific. Just a fantastic film. I highly recommend checking this out if you haven't. It's as good as it gets. I would not have believed this was a directorial debut, I would have laughed as that idea. Man we need more like this fella in the film world.

It's been out a while, but I saw there was no thread here so I'm making one for a 'heads up'. The title means 'Revenge' and it is a film built on on that theme, but it really is much more than that. One of the best endings to a film ever. It hits with such impact.

I can't embed the trailer as it's chock full of them titties, but it's on YT.

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From Ebert's 3.5 star review: ""Revanche" involves a rare coming together of a male’s criminal nature and a female’s deep needs, entwined with a first-rate thriller. It is also perceptive in observing characters, including a proud old man. Rare is the thriller that is more about the reasons of people instead of the needs of the plot."

"As I watched “Revanche,” I became grateful that I didn’t know the actors. American films often involve actors well known to me, which is fine — but also sometimes stars chosen primarily because they’re “bankable.” Few bankable stars could work in this material. The Austrian actors look ... normal. Unglamorous. Plausible. Ursula Strauss, as Susanne, looks sweet and pleasant but is care-worn and not a great beauty. As Alex, Johannes Krisch looks like a loser marginalized by crime and prison. As the prostitute Tamara, Irina Potapenko retails what beauty she has in a buyer’s market.

All of these actors create characters who are above all people, not performances. That’s why the film is peculiarly effective; it’s about their lives, not their dilemmas. And the bedrock is old Hannes Thanheiser, born in 1925, as a strong, stubborn, weathered old man who doesn’t live through his grandson, his neighbors or anyone else, but on his own terms, in daily mourning of the wife who shared his long life. That harm or loss could come to him would be a great misfortune.

How often, after seeing a thriller, do you continue to think about the lives of its characters? If you open up most of them, it’s like looking inside a wristwatch. Opening this one is like heart surgery."

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Just when I thought I was done with the B&N sale
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I just bought that yesterday....It'll be watched at some point...maybe sooner or later depending on how fast I get to watch these. I hate this summer editing class....
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I loved this one as well. It's not his first movie. His previous movie "Antares" is available.
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whats somewhat amusing about the criterion dvd is that the critical essay is done by our fave critic Armond White
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Agree very good movie found this little gem on Netflix streaming. Saw Antares on there as well like this one way better.
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Re: Revanche(Götz Spielmann,2008)

Originally Posted by pjflyer
I loved this one as well. It's not his first movie. His previous movie "Antares" is available.
I got the idea it was his debut from RT. Well... because it said it was his debut.

Yeah on IMDB it shows him doing quite a few films and TV projects.
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Yes, a fucking awesome movie. Maybe too slow moving for some peoples tastes, but I only wish more movies like this were made.
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Those who enjoyed REVANCHE might also find to their liking Russia's THE BANISHMENT (2007) from director Andrei Zvyagintsev (THE RETURN (2003)).

I'm not aware of a Region 1 DVD for THE BANISHMENT, but for those who are region-free, the R2 U.K. DVD from Artificial Eye is currently bargain-priced.
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Re: Revanche(Götz Spielmann,2008)

Originally Posted by Maxflier
Just when I thought I was done with the B&N sale
I hear you. People are buzzing about Days of Heaven in another thread and now this. Even though I already bought a dozen titles at B&N, I now know that I'm going to be $26(plus tax) lighter in the wallet this weekend.
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Originally Posted by Maxflier
Just when I thought I was done with the B&N sale
I only bought 2 items on the B/N sale.. and this was one of them! I really enjoyed it a lot and will be watching it again soon!

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