By Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
”If you plan revenge, dig two graves,” the saying goes. This cool, tense Austrian thriller, a 2009 Oscar nominee for best foreign film, follows a Ukrainian hooker and her petty criminal boyfriend as they try to escape their dead-end lives.
Freedom seems to be just one small-town bank job away, until a local policeman wanders across their path. The would-be robber finds a home near the rural cop and his lonely wife, and a psychological cat-and-mouse game of exquisite tension pulls them into a dangerous triangle.
The film opens as a crime melodrama, writhes through surprising twists and turns and deepens into a reflection on guilt and revenge.
The movie digs deep into its characters’ emotions, with enough imagination to show us a policeman drowning in grief over an accidental shooting and a criminal who vents his aggression by creating life rather than causing death.
Cast: Johannes Krisch, Irina Potapenko, Andreas Lust, Ursula Strauss.
Director/screenwriter: Gotz Spielmann.
Producers: Sandra Bohle, Mathias Forberg, Gotz Spielmann, Heinz Stussak.
Running time: 121 minutes. In German and Russian with English subtitles. Playing in Miami-Dade only: Cosford.