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Criterion Collection: Revanche [Blu-ray] [1905] [US Import]

3.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Colour, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Feb. 2010
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XUL6P8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,782 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Revanche (Cc)(Br)

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By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 12 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"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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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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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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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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By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Sept. 2010
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This is a carefully orchestrated film set in and around contemporary Vienna. It is about how the desires and needs of men and women differ at the most fundamental level. The action concerns what can go wrong when you try to rob a bank, even when you use an unloaded gun.
There is an old saying in the theater that if you show a gun in the first act, it had better go off in the third act. Here director Gotz Spielmann plays a variant on that old stage business. We see something splash into a pond as the opening credits roll. It is not clear what it is. The camera lingers as the concentric ripples spread out and then are done. Later on in the film we see the same scene from the point of view of the person who threw the object into the water. It is near the end of the film, in what in the theater would be the third act.

"Revanche" in German means "revenge." We all know how hard it is to forsake revenge when we have been hurt. We want to strike out at some target. But what do we do when we have no target or when the target is innocent? And to what extent is the desire for revenge a way of absolving ourselves from what has happened? Revenge is a standard, even hackneyed, movie theme. Action movies and thrillers often employ the psychology of revenge as both theme and plot device, as a way of keeping the audience emotionally involved. Here revenge is used in a different and ultimately redemptive way.

Early in the film the camera lingers on a street scene. We see a narrow alleyway like an urban street tunnel. The camera holds that shot so that we expect to see someone or something emerging from that alleyway.
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