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  • Summary: With the age of feudalism in decline, Europe rests at a tense crossroads between the old world and the new. Respected, well-to-do horse merchant Michael Kohlhaas (Mads Mikkelsen) is a loving husband and family man leading a peaceful existence, until a ruthless nobleman steals his horses, setting off a chain of irreversible events. Kohlhaas resorts to extremes after these crimes destroy his livelihood and trust in the law, igniting a rampage through the countryside in his quest for justice. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Mike Russell
    May 6, 2014
    With strong performances, the gorgeously overwhelming environment (the sounds of wind and flies are practically supporting characters), and at least one agonizingly long close-up, Age of Uprising unsettles as it raises troubling questions about the price, morality and flexibility of a "principled stand."
  2. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jun 4, 2014
    This is a much drier, more reserved affair, though it can be quite powerful on the rare occasions when it allows raw emotion to make its way to the surface.
  3. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 6, 2014
    Age of Uprising falls awkwardly (but not altogether unappealingly) into the gap between art film and horse opera.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    May 29, 2014
    The severely beautiful film is painted in a dauntingly austere manner, as if lost in a war against itself, with confrontations underplayed and the rural landscapes making more of an impression than the detoured drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Geoff Andrew
    May 26, 2013
    Unfortunately, Arnaud de Pallieres’s film succeeds neither as a decent adaptation of the book nor as a rewarding movie in its own right.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    May 29, 2014
    It's a strong story of lonely, even futile righteousness, which makes the plodding execution by director Arnaud des Pallierès somewhat mystifying.
  7. Reviewed by: Daniel Green
    May 6, 2014
    Even Lavant's brief cameo as a roving theologist towards the finale can't spark the disappointingly bland Michael Kohlhaas into life - surely the most damning indictment of all.

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