In terms of contemporary Criterion film, this is probably, along with Hunger, the best. So much complexity in the caracter, a lot of poignant question, wonderful directing, cinematography, screenplay......
This is the most effective antidote to the merciless, brutal, and let's face it, increasingly boring "revenge" movies that have been produced in the last ten years. A good cleansing after an orgy of Kill Bills, Sympathies for Mr./Lady Vengeance, Harry Browns etc etc. Strongly recommended
This is an intelligent film. The main character, played by Johannes Krisch, is doing a bit of a Bruno Ganz from 'The American Friend'. He's up to no good, but he's not really a bad person. There's just this desperation to get out of debt that makes people do stupid things. There are some nice realistic touches to the film, and a hell of a lot of moral ambiguity. Which is nice. It's a thinking person's film.
One of the finest 'crime' films there has ever been; if you can even call it a true crime, as the second half shifts into an atmospheric existential drama and unfolds beautifully. Atmospheric, intelligent, and one of the best - up there with works such as Ghostdog, The Robber, Szürkület etc. Austria seems to have some of the finest in this style - currently watching Anatomy of Evil [TV series] which has Strauss too.
Overpraised, lazily written film with great ideas. Lots of boring dialogues and a few good lines that weren't believable because of the poor acting. I felt nothing for any of the characters and just wanted it to be over.