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  • Summary: This German film is a tale of small-town infidelity.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Magnificent and moving chamber drama.
  2. 75
    Just as the story is minimalist, so too is the documentary-like film's look: long static takes and tons of close-ups. An epilogue allows viewers to come to terms with the film's tragic ending.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Intrigues because it presents an outwardly decent man falling equally in love with two women but eschews simplistic judgments.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Big emotional themes come hidden in a deceptively small package in Longing, a mightily impressive feature debut by German writer-director Valeska Grisebach.
  5. Few recent films have left me feeling more conflicted than Valeska Grisebach's second feature (2006), which is sensitive, moving, accomplished in its extraordinary direction of nonprofessional actors but also a little bogus.
  6. Longing makes you long for a good movie. Tedious and long-winded even at 90 minutes, this German film, written and directed by Valeska Grisebach, tells a mundane tale of adultery that lacks even the slightest insight.