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3.5
1,647 Ratings

Attenberg

Greece, 2010
Drama

Synopsis

Marina, a 23 year-old girl who is emotionally stunted lives with her dying architect father in a prototype factory town by the sea. Finding the human species strange and repellent, she keeps her distance. Instead she stubbornly observes it through the mammal documentaries of Sir David Attenborough.

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Attenberg Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari

Critics reviews

Tsangari returned to directing in 2010 with Attenberg, a strange, deeply affecting comedy about grief… Like in Fit, the first shot is of a wet tongue kiss, ostensibly for Bella to teach the inexperienced Ariane how it’s done. But the kiss is as awkward as that on an exaggerated SNL sketch – and in fact Kate McKinnon would be impressed with the physical comedy on display.
December 13, 2016
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Initially, Tsangari seems to borrow from the airless upper-class ennui of Antonioni, but strains of spiky, irreverent humour and strange sexuality poke holes in any strict modernist homage. Still, it’s hard not to imagine the mood of the film fits larger echoes of turmoil in the country – in an undefined way, it latches onto a widespread sense of loss and disorientation.
July 21, 2016
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Attempting to open up to Bella, Marina removes her shirt, exposing her shoulder blades which she begins to pop in and out of joint. It’s a freakish confessional, and it encapsulates the core of the film: it’s one thing to hear someone describe herself as double-jointed, another to see it in practice… Unbound by linguistic specificity and emotional or narrative referents, these moments become entry points into the film of limitless meaning.
April 30, 2013
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