Revanche (2009)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 1, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 16, 2010
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With Revanche, Götz Spielmann has crafted a debut as surprising as it is suspenseful.

Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

A surprisingly unruffled tale of love, thievery, murder and revenge.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

Robert Koehler
Cinema Scope

Revanche proposes a way out for some of its characters and some of the emerging impasses in European filmmaking.

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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star

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.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Writer-director Gotz Spielmann (Antares) avoids the clutter and manipulation of most thrillers, escalating tension almost solely through the characters' turbulent emotions.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

"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."

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

There's real biblical tragedy, and redemption, in Spielmann's fine, sad, suspenseful film.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Revanche involves a rare coming together of a male's criminal nature and a female's deep needs, entwined with a first-rate thriller.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Impressive noir film that befits Greek tragedy as it travels deep into sublime territory.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Edward Boxler
A gorgeous, sentimental, and somewhat existentialist drama about revenge, forgiveness, love, and devotion. Shot in mostly long, static shots without any musical… More
Dean McKenna
Revanche is a tight thriller that is at a the same time a mood piece and a human moral drama. Austrian's official submission for the foreign language… More
Jake ....
In many ways, Revanche is almost two separate films. Exactly halfway through the film, it takes a turn that, while somewhat dependent on the opening, can exist… More
Stella Dallas
a simple story, well-told. i couldn't guess where it was going and i love that. lovely cinematography
danny d
a brooding thriller that is set in a bit more of a real world than most films of this genre. spielmann has crafted this film perfectly, making the wise choice… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Revanche," Tamara(Irina Potapenko) is the best thing that has ever happened to Alex(Johannes Krisch), an ex-con. The fact… More