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Kostas Sfikas (writer)
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December 1966 (USA) See more »
Parallel stories of Eros set in 200 B.C. Nomadic shepherds, plagued by drought, happen on a fishing encampment with plentiful fresh water... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The Sea wins at Euro Panorama
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  (in credits order)
Eleni Prokopiou ... Arta
Takis Emmanuel ... Tsakalos
Kleopatra Rota ... Chloe
Vangelis Ioannidis ... Skymnos
Zannino ... Molossos (as Giannis Zannino)
Anestis Vlahos ... Erster Hirte
Kostas Papakonstantinou ... Stummer Hirte
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stathis Giallelis
Vasilis Kailas (as Vasilakis Kailas)

Directed by
Nikos Koundouros 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Longus  play "Dafnis kai Hloi"
Kostas Sfikas  writer
Theokritos  play
Vasilis Vasilikos  writer

Produced by
Daniel Bourla .... executive producer
Nikos Koundouros .... producer
Giorgos Zervos .... producer
Original Music by
Yannis Markopoulos  (as Giannis Markopoulos)
Cinematography by
Giovanni Varriano 
Film Editing by
Giorgos Tsaoulis 
Costume Design by
Nikos Koundouros 
Camera and Electrical Department
Takis Georgopoulos .... camera operator

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Also Known As:
"Mikres Afrodites" - Greece (original title)
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88 min
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7 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
I guess I'm the only nay-sayer here, 31 August 2008
Author: emdoub ( from United States

Okay - I'm a USAian, and not particularly ashamed of it. I like my movies with characters I can care about, a story that interests me, filmed in a visually pleasing fashion.

The B&W photography was okay - some good scenery, some solid storytelling, but several shots either poorly framed, or in such close-up that it was hard to tell what was being shown - or why.

The characters were, I'm afraid, little more than cardboard cutouts - the young girl who showed much skin, even more indecision about the boy who she fascinated, and a remarkable lack of background or depth. The love/lust-crazed adult shepherd and his paramour, the wife of an absent fisherman - the story they told can be seen in almost any cheap neighborhood bar almost every week - and seeing the couple in the bar will give you more insight into why they're doing this dance than this movie will.

The older, bullying boy remained a cipher. The crutch-using leader, the other shepherds, the rest of the fisher-folk village - either didn't get enough screen time to fill out their characters, or too much screen time for the set-dressing they were. The primitive instruments and folk dances were interesting, but took away from the story rather than adding to it - the right television commercials would have fit in better with the story.

A side note to European filmmakers - symbology is representative. Symbols can be a marvelous way to enhance storytelling, but they are never, in themselves, the story.

I'll give it a 4 for visual interest and the bit of dramatic tension that was achieved, and remain mystified as to why anyone would consider this masterful film-making. I guess I'm just a Philistine.

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