Free Radicals
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The seemingly random interactions between a group of people touched by a tragedy go under the microscope in this drama from Austrian filmmaker Barbara Albert. Manu (Kathrin Resetarits) is a woman who miraculously survives an airline crash caused by a freak storm that claims the life of every other passenger on board. Six years later, she's happily married to Andreas (Georg Friedrich), has a teenaged daughter named Yvonne (Deborah Ten Brink), and works at a supermarket -- only to die suddenly in an auto accident. Among the mourners at Manu's funeral are her brother Reini (Martin… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I have seen Barbara Albert's Free Radicals three times now and could surely watch it 10 times more, finding something else on each visit to salve the soul."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"An intelligent, viscerally intellectual exercise in ensemble acting and associative montage, enlivened with some terrific visual and dramatic ideas."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"The parallel stories don't always dovetail with each other smoothly, but the acting is strong and the atmosphere is powerful."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"A shattering experience."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Thoroughly depressing."
‑ Jurgen Fauth,
"Brims with energy, carefully drawn characters and fine acting, and sad-eyed Deborah Ten Brink, as Manu's daughter, is a scene-stealer."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"At once too densely populated and too clinically detached."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Albert leaves viewers with the intriguing notion that we're as much at the mercy of measurable physical forces as we are of the irrational."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Cynicism without entertainment."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Free Radicals portrays the subtle and fragile strands that link our lives to those of others in ways we cannot even begin to imagine."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Deftly intercutting between several tenuously-connected lives, Barbara Albert's astringent drama is transformed by bright flashes of compassion."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"A complex, moving examination of the human condition."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Aside from a few brief glimmers of hope or happiness, director Barbara Albert piles her compilation of abject misery a bit too high."
‑ Jordan Reed, Boxoffice Magazine
"The actors showed up, the camera was on, but the script wasn't up to the task."
‑ Oz, Hollywood Bitchslap
"Barbara Albert's contemptuous Free Radicals unravels like an Austrian Short Cuts, except there's no humanity buried beneath the life-is-bleak passages of the film."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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