A gripping thriller and a tragic drama of nearly Greek proportions, Revanche is the stunning, Oscar-nominated international breakthrough of Austrian filmmaker Götz Spielmann. In a ragged section of Vienna, hardened ex-con Alex (the mesmerizing Johannes Krisch) works as an assistant in a brothel, where he falls for Ukrainian hooker Tamara. Their desperate plans for escape unexpectedly intersect with the lives of a rural cop and his seemingly content wife. With meticulous, elegant direction, Spielmann creates a tense, existential, and surprising portrait of vengeance and redemption, and a journey into the darkest forest of human nature, in which violence and beauty exist side by side. —The Criterion Collection
Born in Wels in 1961, grew up in Vienna. Starts writing and directing while still in school. His first film is aired on television in 1978. In 1980 he starts studying screenwriting and directing at the Vienna Film Academy. Two films completed during his studies receive international prizes and are screened at the Stadtkino, an arthouse cinema in Vienna. Spielmann graduates in 1987. Soon afterwards, he writes and directs four cinema and made-for-TV films in succession.
In 1999, after several years of silence, his next feature film The Stranger (Die Fremde) is Austria’s nomination for the Foreign Language Oscar. This is followed by Spiel im Morgengrauen, a made-for-TV movie, and in 2004 the feature Antares.
Antares is shown internationally at more than 30 festivals, and at arthouse theaters in many countries including France, the USA, and Germany. Antares is nominated by Austria to compete for the Foreign Language Oscar. Its explicit sex… read more
Spielmann hasn't made another film since Revanche was released 5 years ago...nothing in development either, from what I can see. How can this canny director just stop suddenly like that? His past projects were paced 2-4 years apart. Maybe he's got an epic in the works, but there's no indication of anything-to-come on imdb. I want more!
A really pleasant surprise--I knew virtually nothing about the film or the filmmaker when I sat down to watch it, and was knocked over both by the storytelling style (I'm a sucker for a film with good depth of field I guess) and Johannes' Krisch's performance- in the lead role, he came across as sort of a cross between Lee Tergensen and Viggo Mortensen, but altogether unique.
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A very powerful, incredibly put together tale of vengeance, guilt and regret. This is a perfect example of how to make a character piece right. Each of the main characters are suffering from guilt… read review