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Attenberg

Title: 
Attenberg
Year: 
2011
Film Format: 
dvd
Director: 
Tsangari, Athina
Language: 
Greek
Country: 
Greece
Actors: 
Ariane Labed
Actors: 
Giorgos Lanthimos
Film Reviews: 

while Tsangari may have borrowed Attenborough’s “British phlegmatic tenderness,” as she calls it, Attenberg is worlds away from a nature documentary. With its modernist, industrial setting, absurdist wordplay, and dance-like interludes—influenced as much by Monty Python’s “Ministry of Silly Walks” as Fassbinder’s Katzelmacher—the movie is closer to the approach of Godard or Bresson (whom she also cites as influences).
And yet the film is very much Tsangari’s own singular construction, alternating between socially coded manners and liberating whimsy. “We were very strict in the delivery of speech and the orientation of bodies,” she says, “but there was also this desire to escape from the tyranny of words and propriety.” In one sequence, for example, father and daughter jump up and down on a bed, mimicking the movements and sounds of an assortment of animals, from a gorilla to an albatross.[Village Voice]

Date Arrival: 
9 January 2012

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