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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.

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Johannes Thanheiser ...
Grandfather Hausner (as Hannes Thanheiser)
Hanno Pöschl ...
Konecny - Tamara's Boss
Magdalena Kropiunig ...
Prostitute in Hotel
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Tamara's Customer
Elisabetha Pejcinoska ...
Cinderella Prostitute #1
Aniko Bärkanyi ...
Cinderella Prostitute #2
Annamaria Haytö ...
Cinderella Prostitute #3
Nicoletta Prokes ...
Cinderella Prostitute #4
Rainer Gradischnig ...
Harry - Man Beating Tamara
Haris Bilajbegovic ...
Man stopping Harry
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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[repeated line]
Robert: I aimed at the tires.
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Featured in Willkommen Österreich: Episode #1.62 (2009) See more »

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Journey into the depths of grief
6 July 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A love in the underworld between Russian prostitute Tamara (Irina Potapenko) and bordello body-guard Alex (Johannes Krisch) leads them to embrace the perspective of escape from the harsh realities of debts owed to crime bosses. The solution to their worries is a bank heist, during which Tamara dies after being fatally wounded by a stray bullet from police officer Robert (Andreas Lust). Engrieved Alex hides out at his grandfather's (Johannes Thanheiser) farm, where he spends his days chopping wood for the winter. However grief turns to concepts of vengeance, when it turns out that Robert and his wife Susanne (Ursula Strauss) are neighbours.

Starting off from a seedy, hopeless love affair, after a few scenes certainty of an emotional train-ride becomes evident. As the story unfolds and takes various turns, moral dilemmas take the forefront, as death, sorrow, remorse and regret construe a fascinating psychological story, where revenge isn't limited to a simple pulling of the trigger lacking forethought. As Alex, Robert and Susanne interact questions raised reach satisfying, if uneasy, conclusions, as a full circle is reached, making this one of the most poignant movies on the question of revenge, much detached from the typical Hollywood or Hong Kong take on the matter.

The story has a unmistakable natural flow (partly owed to the settings and the camera-work), as happenings build the story without effort or forced connections. As if to underline this music score is done away with, only the noise of the streets and background of nature fill the space between infrequent dialogues. All this allows Götz Spielmann to deliver a focused, straight story without visual distractions or voyages into the supposed 'darkness' of the human heart.


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