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Revanche (2008)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 16 May 2008 (Austria)
Ex-con Alex plans to flee to the South with his girl after a robbery. But something terrible happens and revenge seems inevitable.

Director:

Götz Spielmann

Writer:

Götz Spielmann (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johannes Krisch ... Alex
Irina Potapenko ... Tamara
Andreas Lust ... Robert
Ursula Strauss ... Susanne
Johannes Thanheiser Johannes Thanheiser ... Grandfather Hausner (as Hannes Thanheiser)
Hanno Pöschl Hanno Pöschl ... Konecny - Tamara's Boss
Magdalena Kropiunig Magdalena Kropiunig ... Prostitute in Hotel
Toni Slama ... Tamara's Customer
Elisabetha Pejcinoska Elisabetha Pejcinoska ... Cinderella Prostitute #1
Aniko Bärkanyi Aniko Bärkanyi ... Cinderella Prostitute #2
Annamaria Haytö Annamaria Haytö ... Cinderella Prostitute #3
Nicoletta Prokes Nicoletta Prokes ... Cinderella Prostitute #4
Rainer Gradischnig Rainer Gradischnig ... Harry - Man Beating Tamara
Haris Bilajbegovic Haris Bilajbegovic ... Man stopping Harry
Aleksander Reljic-Bohigas Aleksander Reljic-Bohigas ... Owner of Cinderella
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Ex-con Alex plans to flee to the South with his girl after a robbery. But something terrible happens and revenge seems inevitable.

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Whose fault is it if life doesn't go your way? [US release]


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The literal English translation of the title is 'revenge', but it also has another meaning of 'second chance'. If you play a game against someone and lose, you can ask for 'revanche', another game/ chance to beat your opponent. See more »

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[repeated line]
Robert: I aimed at the tires.
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Evening things up requires giving up a piece of you
3 November 2008 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

As seen at the AFI Film Festival, 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 category in the 2009 Academy Awards is likely to this reviewer to get the nomination. Following the lives of two couples, a prostitute and a thug, a cop and his wife; tragic circumstances converge their lives when a bank robbery goes awry. Featuring a stand out performance by Tommy Lee Jones look-alike Johannes Krisch as the thug Alex, the man creates tension when out of frame, in the nick of shadows and in front of the camera. His character of Alex is a tortured soul that the audience is never sure off; his intentions or actions are hidden behind a mask of serenity. Not satisfied with being a replica of Jones, he also gives a very Tommy Lee Jones no-frills turn that keeps the movie afloat. Director Gotz Spielman creates tension using sound and extremely detailed camera set-ups. Not show-offy in anyway but including two long one take shots, he also uses his DP to infuse the screen with pale and desaturated color tones for nights scenes and natural lighting for daylight scenes, all used to provide a flat élan on the screen. It effectively supports the vibe of these revenge melodrama. What could be hammy in another director's hands becomes poetry in his. The sound of the ax smashing a block of wood never seemed more intimate. When a director uses it in such a way that the viewer feels inside the innards of a man's soul, you know the director knows his stuff. Intricate and detailed, it is consummate from top to bottom. If there is any qualms with the movie, it is in the character of Robert the cop played by Andreas Lust. His character arc is supposed to mirror Alex but he never earns the audience's sympathy the way Alex does; yet his story is geared toward such a response. The character is slightly underwritten and the actor never engages the character the way Johannes does. Playing against our expectations to create an ending reminiscent of Greek tragedy, it is a worthy movie experience and the best movie I've seen in 2008 along with Mike Leigh's Happy go lucky.


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Country:

Austria

Language:

German | Russian

Release Date:

16 May 2008 (Austria) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,330, 3 May 2009

Gross USA:

$258,388

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$886,407
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Dolby Digital | Dolby (Synchro Film, Austria)

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1.85 : 1
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