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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Реванш  »

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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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Featured in Willkommen Österreich: Episode #1.62 (2009) See more »

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A quietly fascinating journey of the hearts, from seedy to sublime, revenge to redemption, grief to giving unbeknown to all players
7 October 2009 | by (sf, usa) – See all my reviews

Is it an accident? Or is it fate, coincidences predestined? You don't really think about these reservations as you are watching Austrian director-producer-screenwriter Götz Spielmann's quietly fascinating film, "Revanche." The one-word title in French translates to 'revenge.' But this is hardly your usual action thriller, though there are anxious suspenseful moments and bank heist involved.

Love the film. The storyline and the characters, the occurrence of incidents all seem to follow natural development - their own course (by design 'divine'). So few dialog and no music score at all, just birds chirping, sound of raindrops, everything naturally delivered. Well, the only human music being the accordion played by grandfather Hausner. One man's revengeful thoughts or action just might turn out to be blossoming into another's hopeful, joyous beginning of future. Two men hung up on one woman dead, both men acquiesced by one woman alive, whose optimistic intuition and trustful understanding may bring full circle to the string of events, perhaps liken to how nature takes care of itself? The engaging 'fate' element is somehow unbeknown to all parties involved (while the audience might marvel at the clues, possibly unaware also).

As I was quietly watching the film following the story progression, I said to myself at one point: I hope this is where the film ends and go on no more. The next second the screen did fade to black and the end credits start rolling, without any music other than birds chirping can be heard, and later on, sound of raindrops falling for the rest of the credit roll.

What a script! So perfectly directed, and such steady subtle performances from the ensemble cast of characters. The four main roles are so solidly portrayed: Alex by Johannes Krisch and his girlfriend Tamara by Irina Potapenko; Robert the policeman by Andreas Lust and his wife Susanne by Ursula Strauss. A satisfying movie experience, it is. I actually appreciate this film more than the winning 2008 Oscar foreign film "Departures" - well, it's different in story layers and 'Departures' encompasses many aspects, while "Revanche" also has its layers of emotions, psychological human nature perspectives, is delivered 'clean' and focused, ever so naturally acceptable of human foibles, vulnerability and one woman's life force. A very humanistic film - a MUST SEE.


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