Tag Archives: Greece

Uncut Family (2004) Costas Zapas, Maria Dima, Alex Kelly, Dimitris Yiannakopoulos, Drama

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“Uncut Family” focus upon a three member family that is presented in its most sensitive and raw form, right at the point where its apparent stability collapses. On the pretext of uncovering the relationship the young boy has with his mother and father, Zapas dares in the five chapters of his movie (The Son, The Father, The Mother, The Father and Son, The Holy Family) to draw attention to an endo-family sexuality which stands outside normal societal taboos, mapping a transcendental intra-family universe, painting with a regardless realism the cosmology of a contemporary world less remote than we imagine and closer than we could tolerate.

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Chevalier (2015) Athina Rachel Tsangari, Vangelis Mourikis, Nikos Orphanos, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Comedy, Drama

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In the middle of the Aegean Sea, six men on a fishing trip on a luxury yacht decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry. But at the end of the journey, when the game is over, the man who wins will be the best man. And he will wear on his smallest finger the victory ring: the Chevalier.

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Notias (2016) Tassos Boulmetis, Yiannis Niarros, Themis Panou, Maria Kallimani, Comedy, Drama

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In the early 1970s, with Greece under the rule of a military junta, pre-teen Stavros discovers a strange accompaniment to the awakening of eros: he subverts the meanings of classical myths, creating strange physical symptoms in those around him. Stavros’ conservative parents, perplexed and flustered, take him from specialist to specialist. Diagnoses vary, until a fortune-teller deems that the boy is victim of a rare, ancient disease, which exhibits himself when he is in love. After the collapse of the junta, as Stavros meets the toils of love and politics in university, the influence of his strange affliction extends, from his immediate environment into the political arena.

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To stigma / Stigma (1982) Pavlos Tasios, Antonis Kafetzopoulos, Olia Lazaridou, Kostas Ballas, Drama

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A young couple (Antonis Kafetzopoulos and Olia Lazaridou) have a baby affected with the Down Syndrome. In order to avoid the difficulties entailed in bringing a child that will never live a normal life, they decided to put an end to its life. That is illegal and the doctors don’t take such a responsibility. Eventually, the couple with the aid of the girl’s mother (Ntina Konsta) will feed the baby with water instead of milk, until it dies. Their deed will not be noticed but their relationship will never be the same. Finally they will be divorced.

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The Trojan Women (1971) Mihalis Kakogiannis, Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Geneviève Bujold, Drama

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Hecuba and the other women of Troy rise to find their city in ruins and their cause lost. The city has fallen into Greek hands and it is likely their lot to become slaves of Greek soldiers. A messenger approaches to inform them that the lots have been drawn and each woman will be taken to the man who drew for her. Of particular interest is Hecuba’s daughter, Cassandra, who is chosen for the Greek kings bedchamber. She has received word of this news already and is in hiding because she has sworn an oath to the gods that she will live as a virgin. When she is found she has some particularly nasty things to say about treatment at Greek hands.

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O diaheiristis / The Building Manager (2009) Periklis Hoursoglou, Evangelia Adreadaki, Efstathia Tsapareli, Drama, Comedy

O diaheiristis AKA The Building Manager (2009)
The story of 50-something Pavlos unfolds in an unspecified modern-day Greek city, portraying the man’s midlife crisis with a light and gently ironic tone. Pavlos takes over custodial duties from his aging mother and immediately has to deal with a disaster involving a sewage pipe. The fix-it job becomes complicated and creates an apt parallel to Pavlos’s increasingly complicated personal circumstances. At heart Pavlos is gracious and kind, and he tries to be a good husband, son, and building manager. But the ensuing state of affairs turns him into a morose and angry man whose nerves sometimes snap. Will Pavlos succeed in fixing the broken sewage pipe before he can fix his own “broken” life? Director and screenwriter Periklis Hoursoglou, who plays the lead role, has shot a drama with comic touches and gentle socio-critical accents. Hoursoglou succeeds in creating a faithful, entertaining, and even touching portrait of “ordinary” interpersonal relations.

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