Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Country: Greece, 2010
Duration: 1h 35 min.
Marina, 23, is growing up with her architect father in a prototype factory town by the sea. Finding the human species strange and repellent, she keeps her distance. Instead she stubbornly observes it through the songs of Suicide, the mammal documentaries of Sir David Attenborough, and the ed lessons she receives from her only friend, Bella.
The film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice International Film Festival and Ariane Labed won the Coppa Volpi for the Best Actress.
Impressively directed and superbly acted, Attenberg plays like a light-hearted, quirky version of Dogtooth, though its relative lack of plot means that it's difficult to engage with the characters on an emotional level. - Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)
Tsangari's art-house minimalism, which never lets us forget we're watching a movie, still permits a surprising degree of tender emotion - Walter V. Addiego (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Attenberg" is a three-layered love story, anatomizing the mysterious emotions of grief, friendship and erotic attraction - A.O. Scott (New York Times)