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  • Actors: Johannes Krisch, Irina Potapenko, Andreas Lust, Ursula Strauss, Johannes Thanheiser
  • Directors: Götz Spielmann
  • Writers: Götz Spielmann
  • Producers: Götz Spielmann, Heinz Stussak, Mathias Forberg, Sandra Bohle
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Feb. 2010
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XUL6MG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,655 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 12 Dec. 2010
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"Revanche" is a captivating Austrian film about a series of characters who are all living somewhat dysfunctional lives and whose paths cross in a dramatic way. The first half of the film centres around a taciturn ex-con called Alex ,who works in a brothel, and his Ukrainian prostitute girlfriend . They desire to flee from their circumstances and Alex decides to rob a bank and use the funds to start a new life together somewhere, however things dont go according to plan. The second half of the film is set in the countryside at the farm of Alex's aging grandfather where Alex gets involved with a married woman and contemplates revenge against a policeman who has wronged him. Will he succumb to his lower self ? "Revanche" is a brooding drama that is perhaps a little over long (2 hours). It is an interesting story about a group of desperate individuals and how they react to challenging circumstances.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Enthusiast on 4 Dec. 2010
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I've just watched this, and I can heartily recommend it. Very well paced, mostly very quiet and tense. The ending was surprising, but rang true, life can be just like that!

As regards extras, I haven't watched the Making Of yet, but the one with the director speaking of his approach to film-making was very much to my liking. And he does refer to the two meanings of the French word Revanche, as adopted and used in German - revenge and also, in some contexts, another go or chance.

I didn't check out how many subtitle languages there are, I just watched the good English ones.

Beware the spoiler in another review here, and just get this film, it's a classy piece of work. Unless of course you prefer big bang Hollywood action.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Aug. 2010
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There's something a bit scary and unsettling about a torch shining through the trees in a wood at night time, isn't there? It's not an original image by any means, but it's an effective one, and, used as it is here, the same principle can be applied to Götz Spielmann's Revanche as a whole. Although the film starts like a regular crime thriller, set in the colourful underworld of prostitution and petty criminals, it soon develops into a more brooding consideration of the impact of crime and notions of revenge as they apply to several different characters and their families.

The film takes place in Vienna, where Tamara is a young Ukrainian woman working as a prostitute. She appears to be well looked after, but it's clear that her life and freedom are not her own. Her boyfriend Alex, an ex-con who works in the brothel, plans an armed bank robbery so that they can escape from increasingly fraught circumstances, but the robbery goes badly wrong and the consequences affect not only Alex and Tamara, but Robert, the policeman who gets in the way of their escape. Both Alex and Robert feel guilt, anger and confusion over what has happened, but, coincidentally living in close proximity to each other brings them together in unexpected ways.

Revanche changes pace slightly in the second half into a much more brooding and intense film. The film is however not quite as abstract in its treatment of the theme as Philippe Grandrieux's La Vie Nouvelle, nor is it as questioning of society as fellow Austrian Michael Haneke's examination of events leading up to a bank shooting in
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Feb. 2011
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An Austrian film, how rarely we see those since the Sound Of Music (FX: Austrians hitting your reviewer). This looks like it will be a whole series of cliches without actually being many of them. At times you feel you are in a John Steinbeck novel, in others an Eric Rohmer film. No character is one dimensional, and one feels that the story could easily have changed direction without too many changes.

Reviewing such a film without letting too many cats out of the bag is difficult. A cellar-man at a Viennese brothel falls in love with a Ukrainian prostitute. She is being harrassed by her boss, but in a surprisingly untypical way. They decide to do something about it. But not what you would immediately think. His solution does not succeed (generating a moment of untypical sadness in your reviewer) and he is obliged to reconnect with his estranged grandfather, a farmer of peerless morals, and the policeman pursuing him and the policeman's wife. At times one can smell blood in the air but the ultimate ending has much more realism about it then many a film.

I was surprised by this film, and recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill on 29 Jan. 2011
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Revanche (French for revenge, but also meaning a re-match or second chance in German) begins in the seedy outskirts of Vienna, where ex-con Alex and his Ukranian girlfriend Tamara, a prostitute, live out their hopeless lives in dingy hotel rooms and tacky brothel bedrooms, dreaming of a way out. Alex is none too bright, and decides that robbing a bank is the easiest way to escape. 'What could go wrong?' he reassures Tamara, showing surprising faith in his rather limited resourcefulness.

So far, so predictable. But then, following a sudden and quietly shocking incident at around the half-way point, the film makes a dramatic and abrupt left-turn and becomes a different sort of beast altogether, in much the same way as Hitchcock's 'Psycho' switches, with a flick of a shower-curtain, from crime caper to horror movie.

The action moves from the mean streets of Vienna to the empty horizons and dark brooding forests of the country, as Alex schemes and smoulders, hiding away on his grandfather's rundown smallholding, just a short hike from the nearest neighbours, policeman Robert and his wife Susanne. The film's tempo shifts down a notch, and the plot's twists and turns (there are more surprises in store) are marked by the continual slow thud of the axe and the whine of the chainsaw. The end, when it comes, is both satisfying and mildly inconclusive, and you leave the film with a sense of the characters living on beyond the credits.

Director and writer Spielmann is determined throughout not to hold our hands. There's no film score controlling our emotions, and his camera plays with us, teasingly fixing motionless on scenery - a wooded glade, a narrow side-street, a silent lake - the significance of which only becomes clear much later.
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