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Directed by: Gotz Spielmann

Produced: 2008

Countries & Regions: Austria

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Certificate: 15

Length: 121 mins

Format: DVD

Released: 9 August 2010

Cat No: ART498DVD

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Revanche

Cast: Johannes Krisch , Irina Potapenko , Andreas Lust , Ursula Strauss , Johannes Thanheiser , Hanno Poschl , Elisabetha Pejcinoska , Aniko Barkanyi , Annamaria Hayto , Nicoletta Proke , Rainer Gradischnig , Haris Bilajbegovic

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Austrian thriller. The lives of two couples - ex-con Alex (Johannes Krisch) and his Ukrainian prostitute girlfriend Tamara (Irina... Read More

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Austrian thriller. The lives of two couples - ex-con Alex (Johannes Krisch) and his Ukrainian prostitute girlfriend Tamara (Irina Potapenko), and policeman Robert (Andreas Lust) and his wife Susanne (Ursula Strauss) - become fatally intertwined after an armed robbery intended to provide the means for a new, unfettered life goes tragically wrong.

Austria’s nominee for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in early 2009, Revanche begins as a grungily compelling urban character study before shifting into a softer, novelistic key. Writer-director Götz Spielmann sets out cross-referencing the movements of Viennese brothel enforcer and aspirant bank robber Alex (Johannes Krisch) with those of Robert (Andreas Lust), an upwardly mobile trainee patrolman. Where Alex’s potency is self-evident, Robert and wife Susanne (Ursula Strauss) have thus far failed to conceive the child they so badly want. Eventually, these two worlds collide; inevitably, casualties ensue.

When the survivors, stricken with guilt and grief, relocate to the countryside, matters threaten to turn bloodier still: Spielmann’s compatriot Michael Haneke would surely relish the bandsaw given prominence in Alex’s woodshed. Bear in mind the title’s multiple meanings, though; that this archaic term for vengeance can also speak to comebacks, second chances, renewal. Steeped in brooding Mitteleuropan atmosphere, and patiently, compassionately observing life's great healers - time, nature, hard work, women - going about their business, this is engrossing, properly adult drama.

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