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Attenberg (2012)

Director(s): Athina Rachel Tsangari

Theatrical Release: 2012

Cast: Ariane Labed, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou, Yorgos Lanthimos

Genre(s): Drama, coming-of-age, psychological, Family

Countries: Greece

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Running Time: 93m.

Love, death, obsession, and family ties motivate the characters in this offbeat drama from writer and director Athina Rachel Tsangari. Marina (Ariane Labed) is an eccentric woman in her early 20s who has few friends and is physically repulsed by men, though she isn't satisfied by sex with women. One of the few things that bring Marina happiness is a high-rise block of flats in the industrial town where she was born; while the building is plain and unexceptional, there's something about the place (built to house the workers at an aluminum-processing facility) that fascinates her. The building was designed in part by Marina's father (Vangelis Mourikis), who is similarly obsessed with his own handiwork. As their love of the building brings them together, Marina becomes her father's companion and helper as he struggles through therapy for advanced cancer, with his coming death lurking on the horizon. Attenberg received its North American premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. (

Member Reviews

Not bad as a series of vignettes, but the most painful subtitles in film by C20004656 - September 10, 2012
But fortunately there's not that much to read, and you get the gist even if your eyes give out. The characters -- father and daughter, daughter and best friend -- seem to have no history with each other, so they keep it brief. (One-syllable rhyming contests that end in monkey chatter, just like you have all the time with your dad.) And you don't need to read during the daughter and best friend's unsmiling, quirky dance routines down the street (and you try not to wonder what their neighbors think or when they got together, junior-high style, to choreograph and practice them). And you might think when a parent is dying of cancer there's a lot to talk about, but really it just means that he's tired and sits in silence, so there's not much to read there either. Except about Greece's interesting mortuary laws, and that's educational.