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Review: 'Attenberg' Is A Strange And Unique Experience

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 6, 2012 12:04 PM
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Thanks to the hard-working welcoming committee of Athina Rachel Tsangari's "Attenberg," we are at first introduced to a white wall, where cracks and stains abound. Two young women, Marina (Ariane Labed) and Bella (Evangelina Randou, "Kinetta") dip into the frame, briefly conversing before launching into an unattractive and aggressive tongue union. They detach, with Bella asking if Marina would like to continue her lesson -- but the student claims to no longer have any "spit left." Smelling bullshit from a mile away, Bella teases her but is unsuccessful in her attempt to persuade her friend to resume education. Instead, they get on all fours and act like animals, swiping at one another before finally walking out of the shot. We're left, again, with that bland wall, only now the camera has pulled out a bit further to reveal some small windows and not-particularly-healthy grass. Only one question remains in our heads -- what the hell are the independent Greek filmmakers smoking?

Review: 'Attenberg' Is A Strange And Unique Experience

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • June 14, 2011 2:52 AM
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"Attenberg" was screened as part of Sound Unseen International Duluth Film And Music Festival.

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