Attenberg is a winningly offbeat original from Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari. It’s about a 23-year-old who grudgingly decides it’s time for her sexual initiation. Her oversexed friend (who dreams of trees fruited with hanging penises) gives her some pointers. Hilariously awkward attempts at intimacy ensue. She has a poignantly close relationship with her single dad, and their love of sarcasm and animal documentaries help them cope with his cancer. As if this weren’t enough, the film is randomly interspersed with Silly Walks by the gals that would impress John Cleese.
As the lead, Ariane Labed won the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival.