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Attenberg [DVD]

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  • Actors: Ariane Labed, Giorgos Lanthimos, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou
  • Directors: Athina Rachel Tsangari
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005T4MMZI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,448 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Marina, 23, is growing up with her architect father in a prototype factory town by the sea. Finding the human species strange and repellent, she keeps her distance. Instead she chooses to observe it through the songs of Suicide, the mammal documentaries of Sir David Attenborough, and the sexual-­education lessons she receives from her only friend, Bella. A stranger comes to town and challenges her to a foosball duel, on her own table. Her father meanwhile ritualistically prepares for his exit from the 20th century, which he considers to be overrated. Caught between the two men and her collaborator, Bella, Marina investigates the wondrous mystery of the human fauna.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By technoguy VINE VOICE on 25 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
Attenberg is a Greek film by Athena Tsangari,a producer on Lanthimas's Dogtooth,both shot by Bakatakis.They share a taut minimalist aesthetic and absurdist black comedy.This is a coming-of-age film of both a dying father-architect and his daughter,who both negotiate his manner of funeral, her relationship to the opposite sex and relationships. Bella,her best friend who is sexually aware,teaches her the strange rituals of tongue kissing, like two sea gulls coming together.Marianne(Ariane Labed) is a fan of David Attenborough,his documentaries on nature,where he explains how animals communicate.She later comically tries out what she learns on a random man,who she at first repels.

Unable to make real connections in the human world,she mimics with her father and Bella,grunting and beating her chest like a gorilla,or performing the native dance of birds.Nothing of her psychology or ignorance of cultural norms is explained,there is no mother figure,the better to concentrate on the central relationship between father and daughter.Intimate conversations Marina has with her dying father,Spyros, have an emotional depth about the failure of his legacy,"It looks like we're designing future ruins".The landscape is curiously unpeopled as if this is a SF scenario:we see dead streets,cold shingle beaches,empty cafes and decaying industrial machinery as bleak as in Antonioni's Red Desert.

Attenberg favours static shots and long takes,flatness and symmetry,isolating the characters as if they were performing on the stage or figures on a frieze.The soundtrack is by Suicide,with bebop and Francoise Hardy.Tsangari seems to suggest human forms of communication have broken down,Greece like an experiment that failed,built to self-destruct.Labed's performance is marvellous in its naturalism.Be open and you will be surprised.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Niko Genimakis on 12 Jan. 2012
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Attenberg has so far received rave reviews from the media, and this is definitely not by chance. The film puts forward its profound essence with a thoughtfully simplistic manner and serene tempo. It's faithfully anti-prosaic with just as much talk as needed. Feelings and thoughts are mostly conveyed non-verbally; this is challenging both for the actors and the spectators. Acting is simply great; both Kazan and Stanislavsky would bow in respect if they were given the chance to watch this movie. The plot is thought-provoking with a certain Freudian twist. Overall, Attenberg a celebration of love, life, sexuality and emancipation but without any argumentative or propagandistic tendencies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hakeem Ranger on 8 Aug. 2015
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Liked the story but characters need to improve
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LeBrit on 21 Jun. 2015
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I have watched a few Greek films lately, most notably 'Dogtooth' and Alps' by Yorgos Lanthimos both of which I found quite remarkable. This film 'Attenberg' is the best I have seen yet but is directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari. I don't know how much influence there is by Lanthimos or how much influence there is in Lanthimos films by Tsangari but look out for these two names in future releases. I love films by Fellini, Tarkovsky, Godard, Angelopoulos, Bela Tarr etc. but these Greek films are right up there in my opinion. Perhaps something the odd combination of compassionate and droll but never sentimental in the Greek psyche. Attenberg, not to give the plot away, once again is a remarkable film which I have watched twice in two days as I did the other two Greek films I mentioned. The attention to detail whilst never fussy or decorative is incredible and whilst strange in nature, you really feel for the actors. These Greeks are really on to something no one else has ever touched. Truly wonderful film. By the way Lanthimos acts in this one and his wife Ariane Labed plays the lead stunningly convincingly. It is very funny too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Moving father-daughter relationship drama 10 Feb. 2013
By Paul Allaer - Published on
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I recently saw that 2009 film from Greece named Dogtooth, and really liked it. I decided to check out some more movies in the same vein, which lead me to this one (the director of Dogtooth is a co-producer and one of the main acotrs in this one).

"Attenberg" (2010 release from Greece; 94 min.) brings the story of Marine, a 23 yr. old misfit who feels alienated from everyone and everything. In fact, her only solace seems to be to watch Sir David Attenborough's nature documentaries. Her "circle" exists of her best friend Bella (who refers to Sir David as "Attenberg"), and Marina's dad Styros, an architect whom we later learn has a terminal illness. Marina also gets to know the (nameless) engineer from out of town whom she chauffeurs around and to whom she becomes attracted. To tell you much more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Seceral comments: first and foremost, this is a very touching relationship drama that focuses mostly on the father-daughter, and to a lesser degree on Marina-Bella, and Marina-the engineer. Second, I have never seen Greece depicted in such a grim and gray manner. Surely it is no coincidence that this movie was made as the financial crisis and austerity measures have wrecked havoc (and continue to do so) on Greek society as a whole. Third, this movie confirms that there seems to be a nice pool of young talented writers/directors in Greece. Can't wait to see what director Athina Rachel Tsangari does next. Fourth, the movie uses to great effect several great French songs to underscore the plot, specifically with two Francoise Hardy songs: "Tous Les Garcons et Les Filles" (emphasizing Marina's loneliness) and later "Le Temps de l'Amour" (giving a glimmer of hope), just great. Last but not least, please do not be put off by the DVD jacket, with that stupid picture of Marina and Bella grasping their whatever (what was the US distributor thinking?? check out instead the original and far better movie poster, it's on the Wikipedia page for this movie). Meanwhile, if you are in the mood for a quality foreign movie that is miles away from your standard Hollywood fare, "Attenberg" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Attenberg 27 Jun. 2012
By mlrich - Published on
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The film is visually stunning, unique, and brave in that it doesn't simply show a life, a history, or a particular point of view. It is directed by a woman I've never heard of before, takes place in Greece and doesn't depend on dialogue to tell a story. You see it, hear it, feel it and can almost touch it....... just as you can in real life. I love the silence, the lack of an orchestrated soundtrack, the songs by Suicide (a Psychobilly Band). There are no action sequences, special effects, or 3-D because it doesn't need it. You are not given any clues and it doesn't tell you how to feel or react. I think I can safely say that most people in the Northern Hemisphere would not like this film; which makes it very special indeed. What higher praise can I give it? This film could not, would not, ever be made in America. Now that the world is splattered with Starbucks, Mcdonald's, KFC, smart phones and the internet it is wonderful to see a film that expresses a forgotten, inner world. We don't consciously live the moments in the film. In reality... life and death happen to us... and we react accordingly. The film asks us to see and feel what is too often ignored, denied or left unsaid in this culture. It speaks to the heart not to the mind and must be viewed that way in order to appreciate it's value.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Greek Coming-Of-Age Tale That Benefits From An Unorthodox Tone, But Kept Me Emotionally Distanced 14 Jun. 2012
By K. Harris - Published on
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The Greek oddity "Attenberg" by Athina Rachel Tsangari made me laugh almost instantly with its opening kissing sequence which managed to be both hilarious and strangely unsettling. This unorthodox coming-of-age story concerns a young woman in a coastal village who has never had to adapt to the harsh realities of the world around her. Her existence is relatively insular. She spends time goofing off with her best gal pal, clowning with her father, and doing an occasional driving job. She lacks focus. On the surface, it seems that "Attenberg" is going to be comedic, but there is much seriousness layered throughout. Within a short period of time, our heroine must come to terms with illness, mortality and romance. And it's the tone with which the picture approaches these topics that makes it particularly unique. Everything is so dry, so matter-of-fact, so deadpan. There is no emotional grandstanding and not many big moments, but we see the subtle shifts that start to formulate a newfound maturity in our protagonist.

I tend to think (and perhaps I'll be wrong) that "Attenberg" might be a love-it or hate-it proposition. It has a chilly detachment, an attention to minutiae, and a methodical pace that may make it a chore for some viewers accustomed to more traditional storytelling. That's precisely what interested me most, however. I really didn't know where the picture was headed. Conversations and interactions are kept largely on the surface level and most of the real intent and emotions within the characters remained subtext. There is a lot that stays open-ended and available to different interpretations. And yet, the moments that are defined more by what is not said than by what is strike a very organic feel. The movie doesn't feel scripted, it feels lived by someone who just doesn't communicate in expected ways and, at times, seems emotionally stunted.

Ariane Labed is quite fascinating as the protagonist. As she shares space with Evangalia Randou (her best friend), Vangelis Mourikis (her father) and Giorgos Lanthimos (her beau), I was always interested in what she might do. I'm not sure, at the end of the day, that the film amounted to as much as I wanted it to or affected me as deeply as I might have liked. Ultimately, I found "Attenberg" intriguing if not wholly impactful. Still, it has a brash and bold humor that I appreciated. It's not an easy recommendation, but a recommendation nevertheless for the adult arthouse crowd. I wanted to love it, but I remained emotionally disconnected throughout. About 3 1/2 stars, I'll round up for Labed. KGHarris, 6/12.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Sad but true 13 Aug. 2013
By Lovejonesie - Published on
This movie is a beautiful coming of age story. The young virginal woman is faced with the immanent death of her father and the potential loss of her virginity all in one movie. She is forced to reconcile those emotions and her curiosity. I rather enjoyed the film and felt the actors were believable and genuine.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bizarre Story of a Stunted Women's Sexuality 29 Jan. 2014
By Bill Walle - Published on
This is two crazy Greek movies in a row for me. I'm actually beginning to like the genre of "crazy Greeks". The last one was "Dogtooth" (called "Κυνόδοντας," in Greek). Again it was about young people who were inexperienced in social behavior lacked much exposure to the outside world. I think this "crazy Greek" theme is actually more about Greece coming of age in the New World. As Spyros, played by Vangelis Mourikis as Marina's father stated, Greece skipped the industrial revolution. All young people are coming to grips with a generation that came after the great world wars, has been spoiled very generous socialist governments and as modern members of the world economy are having to pay the price. Am I the only one seeing these parallels in these movies?
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