From Associate Producer of the bizarre, but award winning Dogtooth comes the directorial début of Greek born Athina Rachel Tsangari. Attenberg is an obscure, complex, yet engaging comment on modern Greece.
This strange tale follows Marina, a 23 year old growing up with her architect father in a Greek industrial seaside town. Finding the human species strange and repellent, she keeps her distance. Instead she chooses to observe life through the songs of her favourite band Suicide and the documentaries of our very own Sir David Attenborough.
Attenberg is a complex and well structured drama.
The somewhat inexperienced Marina, played by Ariane Labed, receives sex education lessons from her best friend Bella whilst her father is suffering from cancer and preparing to leave the overrated 21st Century. Bella played by the beautiful Evangelia Randou is a lot more confident and flirtatious, her dreams of trees with penises hanging from them like fruit just baffles Marina.
The film is beautifully shot and full of Monty Python style dance sequences which regularly break up the drama. Slightly irritating at first, but they suggest the coping mechanism Marina employs to deal with her father’s impending death.
An intriguing film composed with a real visual flair…
Attenberg is a complex and well structured drama. Another world is established from the outset with the characters eccentric behaviour and from the clever camera work. An intriguing film composed with a real visual flair that explores the strangeness of human behaviour. I look forward to seeing what is next from everyone involved in this project.
Image courtesy of Attenberg