Monday, August 08, 2011

ATTENBERG (Athina Rachel Tsangari, 2010)

***
Greece
A 12-year-old trapped in a 22-year-old virgin's body is confronted with a 42-year-old's problems, namely her father's terminal cancer and funeral arrangments.

A very awkward love interest is played by Giorgos Lanthimos, whose brilliant Dogtooth was co-produced by Tsangari. In what is her second stab at directing she aims for a vaguely similar slanted-world approach. But the tone of her film seems to shift from sequence to sequence.

All the same, there is a lot of warmth here, much of it stemming from the open-faced, committed Ariane Labed in the lead.

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