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Cultural difference, masculine bravado, and national pride lead to high tensions in the latest work from Valeska Grisebach (Longing), about a group of German construction workers labouring in the Bulgarian countryside. Co-produced Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann) and beautifully shot by Bernard Keller, Western achieves an astute naturalism, largely through the casting of non-actors and Grisebach’s technique of embedding herself in the Bulgarian countryside for a long pre-production period. Evoking the western genre as typified by the films of John Ford, Western intelligently deals with the fear of the Other.