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Revanche

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Revanche
Lukas Beck

Revanche

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
121 minutes
Limited Release Date:
05/01/09
performer:
Johannes Krisch, Irina Potapenko
director:
Götz Spielmann
author:
Götz Spielmann
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B-

This terse Austrian drama, an Oscar nominee this year for Best Foreign Language Film, starts off as a lethally honed depiction of life in a brothel. As long as Revanche focuses on the relationship between Tamara (Irina Potapenko), an indentured Ukrainian prostitute, and Alex (Johannes Krisch), the ex-con gofer and would-be tough guy who wants to help her escape, it’s riveting. But then there’s an accidental shooting death, and a countrified cop and his wife enter the picture. The movie turns into a bizarrely ambivalent, drawn-out tale of vengeance: a revenge served so cold that the drama cools off. B?