- Summary: Part of the new wave of Greek cinema, Attenberg is an offbeat coming-of-age film. 23-year-old Marina is living in a small, factory town by the sea where her once-visionary architect father, has returned to die. Finding the human species foreign, she keeps her distance, choosing to observe mankind through Sir David Attenborough’s mammal documentaries and the songs of Suicide. While preparing for her father’s impending death, Marina discovers her own sexuality through lessons from her only friend, Bella, and a visiting engineer. Equal parts abstract theater and melodrama, Attenberg sincerely and humorously navigates the defining moments in life. (Strand Releasing)… Expand
- Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari
- Genre(s): Drama
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Positive: 13 out of 13
Mixed: 0 out of 13
Negative: 0 out of 13
7From a country that is trying to rediscover itself politically, financially and economically come a string of films (films such as Attenberg, Dogtooth, Alps, L) that share a common style: they all feel to be void of the human emotional undercoat and delivering quirky, and somewhat perversely captivating material that might seem disjointed for those looking for a conventional storytelling but is rewarding for those who are looking for alternative manifestations of them.… Expand
3An interesting, scenic painting of Greek landscape and urban microcosm. Interesting choice of making a coming of age story as confusing for the audience as for the protagonist in the film. But hey, maybe thats a good thing, the confusion. Right?
The cinematography is worthy of a TEN, no question. This is not about escapism, the colors, the contrast, the scenery sucked me in. But what about the nudity? Does 'but its EUROPEAN ergo it's okay' really explain all that needs to be explained? What about the dynamic in the homosexual exploration of the protagonist-why is that element unexamined, why does the director tie it in the growth of the protagonist?
Too many 'what do I make of this' to make me take Attenberg more seriously than viewing it as an attempt for a euro art film.
New Greek filmmakers like Tsangari have potential, but need to write and read and watch films more, so that films like Attenberg are one day soon taken as a good pat on the back, but not as finalized products of creativity.… Expand