Free Radicals
Free Radicals (2004)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 23, 2004
DVD Release Date: December 28, 2004
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John Anderson

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.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice

An intelligent, viscerally intellectual exercise in ensemble acting and associative montage, enlivened with some terrific visual and dramatic ideas.

David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The parallel stories don't always dovetail with each other smoothly, but the acting is strong and the atmosphere is powerful.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Brims with energy, carefully drawn characters and fine acting, and sad-eyed Deborah Ten Brink, as Manu's daughter, is a scene-stealer.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

At once too densely populated and too clinically detached.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

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.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Deftly intercutting between several tenuously-connected lives, Barbara Albert's astringent drama is transformed by bright flashes of compassion.

Eric Monder
Film Journal International

A complex, moving examination of the human condition.

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Jordan Reed
Boxoffice Magazine

Aside from a few brief glimmers of hope or happiness, director Barbara Albert piles her compilation of abject misery a bit too high.

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