After a business trip to London I returned to find the latest LCBO Food & Drink magazine in my hands. I love this magazine and so look forward to it. This edition had a recipe for haddock and clams that I wanted to try. I love seafood – and opted to draw up this one with mussels instead (clams are just ok for me; mussels, manna from the seafood God). Super easy and damn good too boot.
2) season haddock and set aside; 3) parsley, garlic, cumin and wine/chicken stock
self-indulgent crime drama – with both screenplay and direction by
Austrian Götz Spielmann – never really takes off, despite its
Oscar nomination as one of the 2009 Foreign Language Films. It stars
Johannes Krisch as Alex, an ex-con who opts to start a new life with
his Ukrainian prostitute girlfriend, Tamara (Irina Potapenko), by
resorting to his old life and robbing a bank. That lead-up takes far
too much of the movie’s two hours and had me almost asleep as I
could care less about either of the characters. When the bank heist
finally arrives, Tamara is accidentally shot and killed by a
policeman, Robert (Andreas Lust), while she waits for Alex in the
get-away car. These two men’s lives then strangely intersect when
Alex flees to the country and moves in with his father on a farm
located next to the farm of this same policeman and his wife, Suzanna
(Ursula Strauss). Alex soon starts formulating a plan for revenge
that starts by seducing Robert’s wife … who’s all game for the
affair. Then amid (far too many) scenes of Alex chopping wood (which
is I do understand symbolic and moody [and boring as sin]), the
moment of truth arrives (will he or won’t he kill the policeman).
He opts not to and we’re supposed to believe – I guess – he’s
reformed or recanted or something, but by then I was like, who cares.
Filmed with a gritty realism during its first half and utterly
forgettable in its last half, Revanche is a good antidote for
insomnia. My rating 4 out of 10.