Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content
Oscars 2017
The Latest News and Insider UpdatesDon't Miss

Article

Revanche

Posted on

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:
81283
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?

Comments