In a ragged section of Vienna, hardened ex-con Alex works 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, leading to acts of vengeance and redemption.
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This is a movie you need to stick with until the end. For the first hour it appears to be a well-made but conventional lower-depths crime thriller. But the very clever change in milieu from urban seediness to pastoral calm allows Spielmann to let psychological depth and complex cross currents of feeling supply the dramatic propulsion to the story, ultimately suggesting a way out of cycles of violence and despair.
I enjoyed this film in many respects.It gave us a taste of the city&beautiful peaceful countryside.European cinema is refreshing&open minded.A sensual film with dark karma.Thank You for the opportunity to view this!
The filmmakers capture open country landscapes that feel confined, the way they are sometimes experienced in life. The film encapsulates what rural night feels and sounds like. I was transported to another place and forgot my own setting in that way that only seems to occurs when you find a beautiful piece of art or an unplannable conversation with a kindred spirit.
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