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June 30, 2012

Saturday Night at the Movies #36 – Revanche

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mike Kueber @ 1:02 pm

Revanche is a 2009 Austrian movie that was nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign-language film.  It is one of the best movies I have viewed in a long time.  If you liked Fargo (and not for its ugly caricature of Scandinavian-Americans), you will love Revanche.  Its settings are intriguing yet plain (a legal brothel in Vienna and a small town and farm on the outskirts of Vienna), its characters are fascinating yet believable (an ex-con and his prostitute-cum-girlfriend, and a small-town policeman and his grocer-wife), and its story is convoluted, yet understandable (the two couples from different worlds are fated to have a profound effect on each other.) 

Incidentally, revanche is German for revenge.

The Rotten Tomato critics loved Revanche (96%); its audience not so much (79%).  I give it four stars out of four.


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