Revanche (Unrated) ***

Johannes Krisch and Irina Potapenko star in Revanche.

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.

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