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REVANCHE (Revanche) Götz Spielmann, A 2007, 117 min

Whose fault is it if life doesn't go your way?

At once a gripping thriller and a tragic drama of nearly Greek proportions, Revanche is the stunning, Oscar–nominated, international breakthrough film from Austrian filmmaker Götz Spielmann. In a ragged section of Vienna, hardened ex-con Alex works as an assistant in a brothel, where he falls for Ukrainian hooker Tamara. Their desperate plans for escape unexpectedly intersect with the lives of a rural cop and his seemingly content wife. With meticulous, elegant direction, Spielmann creates a tense, existential, and surprising portrait of vengeance and redemption, and a journey into the darkest forest of human nature, in which violence and beauty exist side by side.

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Press Coverage

'Revanche' is life affirming without a moment of false sentiment ... Spielmann avoids superficial suspense, offering beauty and concentration, to revive what cinema is really about. (The New York Press, Armond White)

A film noir that refuses to abide by the old Hollywood rules ... this movie gets great mileage from an ending you never see coming. (The Bay Area Reporter , David Lamble)

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