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Revanche (2009) This terse Austrian drama, an Oscar nominee this year for Best Foreign Language Film, starts off as a lethally honed depiction of life in a… 2009-05-01 Unrated PT121M Drama Johannes Krisch Irina Potapenko
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Revanche (2009)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

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Revanche
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: May 01, 2009; Rated: Unrated; Length: 121 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Johannes Krisch and Irina Potapenko

This terse Austrian drama, an Oscar nominee this year for Best Foreign Language Film, starts off as a lethally honed depiction of life in a brothel. As long as Revanche focuses on the relationship between Tamara (Irina Potapenko), an indentured Ukrainian prostitute, and Alex (Johannes Krisch), the ex-con gofer and would-be tough guy who wants to help her escape, it's riveting. But then there's an accidental shooting death, and a countrified cop and his wife enter the picture. The movie turns into a bizarrely ambivalent, drawn-out tale of vengeance: a revenge served so cold that the drama cools off. B–

Originally posted May 13, 2009 Published in issue #1048 May 22, 2009 Order article reprints