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Part of the new wave of Greek cinema, Attenberg is an offbeat coming-of-age film. 23-year-old Marina is living in a small, factory town by the sea where her once-visionary architect father, has returned to die. Finding the human species foreign, she keeps her distance, choosing to observe mankind through Sir David Attenborough's mammal documentaries and the songs of Suicide. While preparing for her father's impending death, Marina discovers her own sexuality through lessons from her only friend, Bella, and a visiting engineer. Equal parts abstract theater and melodrama, Attenberg… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"After walking out of ATTENBERG, I couldn't decide if I really hated it, or really loved it. I still can't decide. ATTENBERG stretches the arthouse genre to "WTF!?""
‑ Chase Whale, Gordon and the Whale
"Bittersweet, Greek coming-of-age drama about an inexperienced young woman who explores bisexuality while caring for her terminally-ill father."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Perpetually off-balance and maybe just a little too satisfied with its cynicism"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"Using occasional song-and-dance numbers with a melancholy Godardian kick, [Tsangari] creates a world that's off-center and alive with loneliness."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"The drama, at its core, is simple and conventional, but it has the aura of science fiction."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"For all the eccentricity, the film feels unexpectedly personal in addressing experiences everyone goes through at some point in their lives."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"The face of actress Ariane Labed lifts this quiet, dour character study by filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Sex, death, and an absurdist style come together in Greek film"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Part of the film's success comes from Labed's performance as Marina, who infuses all that weirdness with a barely there vulnerability."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"Tsangari distinguishes herself from her predecessor's freak-show formalism with an underlying humanism and freewheeling playfulness."
‑ Eric Hynes, Time Out New York
"Works somewhat as a perverse droll coming-of-age film"
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Attenberg gets down in the emotional muck where life, death and sex intertwine. And like those life experiences, watching it can be both awkward and poignant."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Paste Magazine
"Tsangari catalogues these men and women like butterflies pressed between the pages of an entomologist's journal, makes brief notes of each one's idiosyncrasies, and moves on to the next."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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