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Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

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  • Summary: At once a gripping thriller and a tragic drama of nearly Greek proportions, Revanche is the stunning, Oscar–nominated, international breakthrough film from Austrian filmmaker Götz Spielmann. In a ragged section of Vienna, hardened ex-con Alex works as an assistant in a brothel, where he falls for Ukrainian hooker Tamara. Their desperate plans for escape unexpectedly intersect with the lives of a rural cop and his seemingly content wife. With meticulous, elegant direction, Spielmann creates a tense, existential, and surprising portrait of vengeance and redemption, and a journey into the darkest forest of human nature, in which violence and beauty exist side by side. (Janus Film) Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. An extraordinary film, mythic in feeling.
  2. 100
    Austrian director Spielmann has long awaited discovery by a wider world, and for my money the gorgeous, brooding, unpredictable neo-noir Revanche is one of the year's best films.
  3. 90
    From the film's opening moments you won't be able to guess where the whole thing ultimately ends up and that's one of the many endearing qualities of Revanche.
  4. 88
    Revanche was a foreign-language Oscar nominee this year, and it's a better movie than most of the films in the main race. The word "revanche" means "revenge" in German, but "waiting" would have been just as good.
  5. 83
    Revanche is, first and foremost, a good story, craftily told.
  6. Mr. Spielmann's film is full of surprises and, in its distinctive way, full of life.
  7. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    Hard luck conspires with bad sex in this unspectacular Austrian tale of crime and punishment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. NateK
    Mar 8, 2010
    A stunner. I saw this film in theaters on a whim last year and it has stuck with me ever since. A masterpiece in mood and atmosphere, this slow burning neo-noir is propelled entirely by the turbulent emotions of our anti-hero. My only reservation is that the film frequently subverts expectations, which may frustrate casual film viewers. The movie frequently escalates towards violence, only to retreat again. If this doesn't sound like it would bother you, see this immediately! I can't get it out of my head. Expand
  2. Mike
    Jun 20, 2009
    Great movie!
  3. SusanW
    Oct 27, 2009
    Brilliant, full of surprises on so many levels not just the overrated twist found in so many movies today.
  4. David
    Jun 18, 2009
    I thought this was an excellent film, and well deserved Oscar nomination. Definitely check this out!
  5. Becki
    Jul 26, 2009
    A complex look at love and grief. Beautiful movie.
  6. TimH
    Jun 30, 2009
    Effective and poignant tale about regret.
  7. MikeQ
    May 29, 2009
    A two hour movie with one hour of material. Heavy handed, utterly predictable plotting (except for one effective twist that drew laughter). Very good acting. Expand

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