Attenberg

Attenberg

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. 3.0 out of 5 based on 12 reviews
Attenberg

Omniscore:

Certificate
Genre Drama
Director Athina Rachel Tsangari
Cast Evangelia Randou, Vangelis Mourikis, Kosta Berikopoulos, Giorgos Lanthimos, Michel Demopoulous Ariane Labed
Studio Artificial Eye
Release Date September 2011
Running Time 95 mins
 

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.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

David Parkinson

The shifts from intense conversation to enigmatic dance routines make for riveting viewing.

02/09/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

It offers its audience a mordant commentary on modern Greece – deriding its cultural and social decay, though without commenting directly on economic difficulties – and affects a serio-comic, quasi-anthropological detachment.

01/09/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Sukhdev Sandhu

Attenberg, both jarring and sweet, stuttering and eloquent, doesn’t deliver manifestos or offer answers. But, in its needling, idiosyncratic fashion, it’s more fascinating than most films that do.

01/09/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

Welcome to the surreal world of Athina Rachel Tsangari.

02/09/2011

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Time Out

Dave Calhoun

To enjoy Attenberg, you have to tune in to an unusual wavelength, but there are strange pleasures to enjoy.

01/09/2011

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

Skewering of the familiar is at the heart of this oddball Greek coming-of-age film.

03/09/2011

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

Quite what it is really about escapes me but it is still oddly engaging.

02/09/2011

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

If you stay, hope to be charmed. But be warned: you could be exasperated first by the servings of self-regard and psycho-spiritual preciosity.

02/09/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

An almost identical view of the human condition was advanced earlier this year in a film set in Calabria... Michelangelo Frammartino's Le Quattro Volte, which is more convincing and memorable.

04/09/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

Perhaps viewed under the influence of drugs or drink the film might spring to comic life, but taken straight it is far more likely to get on your nerves.

02/09/2011

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Total Film

Tom Dawson

This clinically shot oddity ultimately mystifies.

26/08/2011

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The Sunday Times

Peter Whittle

Everything about it feels exhausted and exhausting.

04/09/2011

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