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 sincerely and humorously navigates the defining moments in life.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
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, 04.05.2012
Perhaps viewed under the influence of drugs or drink the film might spring to comic life, but taken straight it is far more likely to get on your nerves.Anthony Quinn, Independent, 03.05.2012
"Attenberg" is a three-layered love story, anatomizing the mysterious emotions of grief, friendship and erotic attraction.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 03.08.2012
Attenberg remains a captivating and vaguely disturbing experience throughout.Boyd van Hoeij, Variety, 03.05.2012