Attenberg 2010 ★★★★½

Produced by Yorgos Lanthimos of Dogtooth fame, Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Attenberg is a further feather in the cap of Greek cinema, a weird economic allegory with just as much oddity as Lanthimos’ breakthrough film. Taking its name from its protagonist Marina’s mispronunciation of David Attenborough, whose nature documentaries she obsessively watches, Attenberg takes a clinical and removed look at the fibres of human social interaction by way of this strange and introverted young woman. As Marina’s father slowly succumbs to some unnamed disease and the vast industrial structures he—an engineer—built turn to rubble, Tsangari paints a manifold portrait of modern Greece and its economic turmoil. Brilliantly played by a sublime Ariane Labed, Marina is a character as hilarious—she spends much of the film in imitation of her favourite animals—as she is oddly pitiable, her vast social ineptitude a sad reflection of the legacy left to Greek youth. Full review at Next Projection.

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