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by Nigel M Smith
June 19, 2012 9:43 AM
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Why 'Attenberg' Tops Indiewire's DVD Picks This Week

"Attenberg" Kino Lorber

This week on DVD/Blu-ray: A critically acclaimed Greek export; the latest from the Duplass brothers; a sexy French menage-a-four; a spiritual journey 20 years in the making; and a film tailor-made for the Alamo Drafthouse crowd.

"Attenberg"

With the festival favorite "Attenberg," Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari proved that there's room for two great up-and-coming filmmakers in the region (the other being "Dogtooh" director Yorgos Lanthimos, who actually appears in "Attenberg").

The oddball yet totally endearing drama centers on Marina, a 23-year-old girl living with her ailing architect father in a factory town by the sea, who is slowly coming to grips with the fact that he will soon no doubt pass away. To deal with the upcoming loss, Marina hides her emotions by behaving very boldly.

"With its persistent inventiveness and a lack of unearned sentimentality, the movie provides an antidote to a lot of lazily produced dramas about death, American or otherwise," Eric Kohn wrote in his review. "Its style is directly connected to its themes with a persistent inventiveness."

Extras: None, unfortunately.


"Jeff, Who Lives at Home"

"Jeff, Who Lives at Home," the latest from Jay and Mark Duplass ("The Puffy Chair," "Cyrus") stars Jason Segel as the titular Jeff, a 30-year old slacker stuck living at home, and still waiting for his true destiny to smack him in the face. Ed Helms -- who fits so perfectly into the Duplass universe it's a wonder this marks his first time working with the pair -- plays Jeff's marginally more successful brother, while Susan Sarandon gives a great turn as their widowed mother.

"Veering from slapstick comedy to soul-searching revelations, "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" doesn't always satisfy expectations, but it also routinely defies them," wrote Kohn in his review. "Just as "Baghead" toyed with the horror genre before revealing its true colors as a lopsided romantic comedy, "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" borrows the faces and situations of conventional American entertainment and uses them in an excitingly unique fashion."

Extras: Shockingly enough you'll find nothing, except for an Ultraviolet copy of the film for streaming.

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