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A happily married couple becomes unlikely friends with a man whose life has been marked by chaos and violence in this drama from Austria. Alex (Johannes Krisch) is a small-time criminal who, after a stretch in prison, finds himself working for Konecny (Hanno Pöschl), who runs a grimy house of prostitution; unknown to Konecny, Alex is also involved with Tamara (Irina Potapenko), one of his whores. Wanting to raise some quick cash, Alex robs a bank in a nearby small town and hides out on a farm owned by his grandfather (Hannes Thanheiser) while he waits for the heat to cool down. Alex tries to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A surprisingly unruffled tale of love, thievery, murder and revenge."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"A film of carefully strained pulp and rigorously controlled intrigue, the Austrian revenge drama Revanche, which is really about the dividing line between vengeance and forgiveness, belongs to a neo-noir universe where all the classical genre laws apply."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
""It works because Spielmann has established that we're not watching belabored dramatic trajectories collide, but an encounter between two people in miles-away mindsets.""
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"Here justice moves slowly, and in mysterious ways - and Spielmann's final reckoning of accounts, though unexpected, is subtly satisfying."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Revanche (French for 'revenge') is that rarest of things -- a thoughtful thriller."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"The plot might have yielded a generic erotic thriller if Revanche were made by rougher hands. Instead it becomes something more sophisticated thanks to the efforts of writer-director Götz Spielmann and a superb cast."
‑ Jason Anderson, Toronto Star
"Writer-director Gotz Spielmann (Antares) avoids the clutter and manipulation of most thrillers, escalating tension almost solely through the characters' turbulent emotions."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Impressive noir film that befits Greek tragedy as it travels deep into sublime territory."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Gotz Speilmann's film is well-made, aptly characterised and seems frighteningly true to life."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"It unfurls at a slow, measured pace, and director Götz Spielmann uses the plot's Noir-esque trappings as a jumping-off point for an absorbing morality tale about the way life never turns out as planned. It's bleak, but in a good way."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"There's real biblical tragedy, and redemption, in Spielmann's fine, sad, suspenseful film."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Revanche involves a rare coming together of a male's criminal nature and a female's deep needs, entwined with a first-rate thriller."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Austria's nominee for the Best Foreign Language Oscar is a precise and effective psychological thriler"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"More character study than thriller (the title means "revenge"), this slow-burning Austrian film effectively holds our interest with its unpredictable plot, even though it's not easy to care where it's going."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A modern fable which draws broad parallels and depicts profound moral quandaries with an elegance and frankness rare in cinema."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
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