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"Attenberg" (2010 release from Greece; 94 min.) brings the story of Marine, a 23 yr. old misfit who feels alienated from everyone and everything. In fact, her only solace seems to be to watch Sir David Attenborough's nature documentaries. Her "circle" exists of her best friend Bella (who refers to Sir David as "Attenberg"), and Marina's dad Styros, an architect whom we later learn has a terminal illness. Marina also gets to know the (nameless) engineer from out of town whom she chauffeurs around and to whom she becomes attracted. To tell you much more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
Seceral comments: first and foremost, this is a very touching relationship drama that focuses mostly on the father-daughter, and to a lesser degree on Marina-Bella, and Marina-the engineer. Second, I have never seen Greece depicted in such a grim and gray manner. Surely it is no coincidence that this movie was made as the financial crisis and austerity measures have wrecked havoc (and continue to do so) on Greek society as a whole. Third, this movie confirms that there seems to be a nice pool of young talented writers/directors in Greece. Can't wait to see what director Athina Rachel Tsangari does next. Fourth, the movie uses to great effect several great French songs to underscore the plot, specifically with two Francoise Hardy songs: "Tous Les Garcons et Les Filles" (emphasizing Marina's loneliness) and later "Le Temps de l'Amour" (giving a glimmer of hope), just great.Read more ›
I tend to think (and perhaps I'll be wrong) that "Attenberg" might be a love-it or hate-it proposition. It has a chilly detachment, an attention to minutiae, and a methodical pace that may make it a chore for some viewers accustomed to more traditional storytelling. That's precisely what interested me most, however. I really didn't know where the picture was headed. Conversations and interactions are kept largely on the surface level and most of the real intent and emotions within the characters remained subtext. There is a lot that stays open-ended and available to different interpretations. And yet, the moments that are defined more by what is not said than by what is strike a very organic feel.Read more ›
The film is visually stunning, unique, and brave in that it doesn't simply show a life, a history, or a particular point of view. It is directed by a woman I've never heard of before, takes place in Greece and doesn't depend on dialogue to tell a story. You see it, hear it, feel it and can almost touch it....... just as you can in real life. I love the silence, the lack of an orchestrated soundtrack, the songs by Suicide (a Psychobilly Band). There are no action sequences, special effects, or 3-D because it doesn't need it. You are not given any clues and it doesn't tell you how to feel or react. I think I can safely say that most people in the Northern Hemisphere would not like this film; which makes it very special indeed. What higher praise can I give it? This film could not, would not, ever be made in America. Now that the world is splattered with Starbucks, Mcdonald's, KFC, smart phones and the internet it is wonderful to see a film that expresses a forgotten, inner world. We don't consciously live the moments in the film. In reality... life and death happen to us... and we react accordingly. The film asks us to see and feel what is too often ignored, denied or left unsaid in this culture. It speaks to the heart not to the mind and must be viewed that way in order to appreciate it's value.
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There is no way to describe it ... glad I watched it and recommend it for those with eclectic taste in film.Published 7 months ago by Donald Cameron
Where are the adult movies.
We are not kids here
We are grown ups
Stop editing movies that should b seeing differently otherwise.
This is two crazy Greek movies in a row for me. I'm actually beginning to like the genre of "crazy Greeks". Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Bill Walle
This movie is strange and depressing and terrible. Don't watch it! The subtitles are hard to read and the plot hard to follow. What is this movie really about anyways?Published on May 29, 2013 by Anna V
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