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Critics reviews
Attenberg
Athina Rachel Tsangari Greece, 2010
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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The sparse use of language—which is further reflected in the simple mise-en-scène—creates a film experience that foregrounds the visual and demands to be read with something closer to intuition.
April 30, 2013
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Director Athina Rachel Tsangari distinguishes herself from [Dogtooth’s] freak-show formalism with an underlying humanism and freewheeling playfulness.
March 05, 2012
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These sequences smack of improv theater exercises, as if actors and director have built out the scenes from a single gesture or some arbitrary linguistic rule. But for all the eccentricity, the film feels unexpectedly personal in addressing experiences everyone goes through at some point in their lives.
March 01, 2012
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