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Revanche -- 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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Götz Spielmann (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 May 2008 (Austria) See more »
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Tagline:
Whose fault is it if life doesn't go your way? [US release]
Plot:
Ex-con Alex plans to flee to the South with his girl after a robbery. But something terrible happens and revenge seems inevitable. | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 13 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Evening things up requires giving up a piece of you See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Johannes Krisch ... Alex

Irina Potapenko ... Tamara

Andreas Lust ... Robert

Ursula Strauss ... Susanne
Johannes Thanheiser ... Grandfather Hausner (as Hannes Thanheiser)
Hanno Pöschl ... Konecny - Tamara's Boss
Magdalena Kropiunig ... Prostitute in Hotel

Toni Slama ... 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
Michael-Joachim Heiss ... Day Porter at Hotel
Günther Laha ... Night Porter at Hotel
Max Schmiedl ... Police Officer #1
Gerhard Liebmann Holzmann ... Police Officer #2

Johannes Zeiler ... Police Officer #3
Andreas Blauensteiner ... Police Officer #4
Martin Aschauer ... Police Officer #5
Sonja Lehninger ... Police Officer #6
Peter Brunner ... Trainer at Shooting Range
Thomas Radleff ... Police Detective
Alexander Lhotzky ... Bank Branch Manager
Doris Hindinger ... Bank Employee #1
Siegfried Auerböck ... Bank Employee #2
German Benedikt ... Bank Employee #3
Renate Suppan ... Bank Customer Service #1
Johann Wessner ... Bank Customer Service #2
Julia Schranz ... Pregnant Wife
Jana McKinnon ... Girl at Grill Party
Peter Josch ... Robert's Father
Linde Prelog ... Robert's Mother

Directed by
Götz Spielmann 
 
Writing credits
Götz Spielmann (screenplay)

Produced by
Sandra Bohle .... producer
Thomas Feldkircher .... consulting producer
Mathias Forberg .... producer
Götz Spielmann .... producer
Heinz Stussak .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Martin Gschlacht 
 
Film Editing by
Karina Ressler 
 
Casting by
Rita Waszilovics 
 
Production Design by
Maria Gruber 
 
Costume Design by
Monika Buttinger 
 
Makeup Department
Susanne Weichesmiller .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Stephanie Wagner .... production manager
 
Art Department
Sebastian Thanheiser .... prop master
 
Sound Department
Bernhard Bamberger .... supervising sound editor
Max Bauer .... foley artist
Normann Büttner .... foley recordist
Heinz Ebner .... sound
Alexander Koller .... re-recording mixer
Alexandra Löwy .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Riccardo Brunner .... steadicam operator
Gerald Kerkletz .... lighting technician
Thomas Maier .... Steadicam operator
Werner Stibitz .... lighting technician
Nino Volpe .... first assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Willi Willinger .... colorist
 
Music Department
Walter W. Cikan .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Florian Brüning .... production assistant
Albert Meisl .... script supervisor
Alex Schlacher .... production assistant
 

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121 min
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Dolby Digital | Dolby (Synchro Film, Austria)
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Austria's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category.See more »
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[repeated line]
Robert:I aimed at the tires.
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40 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Evening things up requires giving up a piece of you, 3 November 2008
Author: raskimono

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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