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Attenberg (2010)
May 16, 2011, 6:12 pm
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Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari

The comparisons that most have made to Dogtooth are just. In fact, that particular film struck such a nerve with so many people that, for better or for worse, the foreign approach to all contemporary Greek films will be discussed within the lexicon of post-Dogtooth Greek cinema. But Attenberg is a much more personal, grounded work. Despite its blunt sexuality – characterized by its madcap crotch-grabbing and tongue-licking – the film touchingly tells the story of a woman becoming conscious of her own body while her father’s slowly withers away. The title refers to a mispronunciation of Sir David Attenborough, and throughout the film his nature documentaries provide context for the protagonist’s own deviant sexual awakening.

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