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Universal acclaim- based on 21 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
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  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. Feb 20, 2011

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