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Revanche -- A gripping thriller and a tragic drama of nearly Greek proportions, Revanche is the stunning, Oscar-nominated international breakthrough of Austrian filmmaker Götz Spielmann. Hardened ex-con Alex works in a Viennese 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.
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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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 13 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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The Bauer at the brothel, the peasant and the prostitute See more (41 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 .... sound 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
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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67 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
The Bauer at the brothel, the peasant and the prostitute, 3 December 2008
Author: Dominic Ambrose from France

Revanche. Written and directed by Götz Spielmann. The look of the film is thoroughly authentic, and the Austrian milieu very convincing. Johannes Krisch is fabulous as Alex, the peasant brute with a broken heart and an uncontrollable sex drive. Andreas Lust is very good as well, as Robert, Alex's police officer nemesis. Caught in the middle is Ursula Strauss, who plays Susanne, Robert's wife.

The story starts out in the squalid world of Viennese prostitution, at a tacky brothel on the periphery. Alex works for the local prostitution boss and he has fallen in love with one of the Eastern European streetwalkers, Tamara, played by Irina Potapenko. When Tamara is recruited for a promotion to call-girl, she decides instead to run away with Alex. Here the story moves to the countryside where Alex's father lives in a miserable cabin on the outskirts of modern Austrian society. But if the surrounding become simpler, the interaction does not, as Alex becomes entangled in the lives of the small town police office and his wife.

The film is satisfying on many levels. It is a veritable ethnographic study of the interface between post-modern Central European human trafficking and pre-industrial Austrian bauern culture. Alex and his father speak to each other in what has been described to me as a rich and authentic peasant dialect rarely represented in film. Not only does it look and sound authentic, but the story makes perfect sense, too. And that's saying a lot for a European "written and directed by" film, where narrative logic doesn't often get more than cursory consideration. The name "revanche" has a double meaning in German, both revenge and a return match or a second chance, and it seems that both of these ideas are being developed throughout the story, as characters juggle their need to get even with their desire to secure their own futures. The tragic consequences of their every action lead them further and further down a path not of their own choosing. We get a taste of this feeling of predestination when the camera stops still at a forested point in the road, a spot that will take on fatal significance later in the story. Yet, if fate controls the characters' destinies, it is the strength of willpower that will decide who survives and who will fade into insignificance.

Revanche did not get nominated in any categories for the EFA awards in 2008, but it is Austria's entry for the Oscar Foreign Language film nomination in 2009.

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