DVD - 2009 | German
Average Rating:
Rate this:
In a ragged section of Vienna, hardened ex-con Alex works in a brothel, where he falls for Ukrainian hooker Tamara. Their desperate plans for escape unexpectedly intersect with the lives of a rural cop and his seemingly content wife.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : The Criterion Collection, c2009
Edition: Director approved special ed
ISBN: 9781604652277
Branch Call Number: GER 791.4372 R449s
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Dec 27, 2014

Three people from opposite ends of the social spectrum......a policeman and his wife living comfortably in their designer home, and an angry ex-con on the run with his prostitute girlfriend.....find their lives intertwined after a sudden tragedy. What follows is a dark odyssey of recrimination, guilt and revenge that stretches from the blackest recesses of the human heart to the calm cool light of redemption. Spielmann knows when to push his audience in the right direction, and when to simply let the story unfold under its own momentum. He makes excellent use of natural settings, even incorporating the elements into his dramatic narrative, and his use of religious symbols is highly effective yet subtle. Bravo!

Oct 18, 2014

I found this movie to be very long and pointless. It’s so slow that you can’t get into this movie. Hard to believe it was nominated for an academy award. Don’t bother.

Oct 14, 2014

Film noir, German style: slow and undemonstrative, but gets the job done. There is some superb cinematography, emphasizing the resilience of the natural world. If you like the films of Michael Haneke, you will probably like this, but don't expect Haneke's fireworks. No need to watch the second disk with the director's interview. This movie is not at all hard to understand.

btmslt Mar 23, 2013

An interesting story which should have been better edited to a shorter film eliminating some of the tedious moments.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at VPL

To Top