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Eleni (1985)

PG  |   |  Drama, War  |  21 December 1985 (Japan)
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Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a ... See full summary »

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Spiro
Rosalie Crutchley ...
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Joan
Dimitra Arliss ...
Ana (Czechoslovakia)
Steve Plytas ...
Christos
Peter Woodthorpe ...
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Jon Rumney ...
Lukas
Alison King ...
Lukas' Wife
Leon Lissek ...
Antoni
Stefan Gryff ...
Tasso
Andrea Laskari ...
Nikola
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Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a parallel plot line we see Nick as a young boy and his family as they struggle to survive in the occupied Greek hillside. The plot lines converge as Nick's investigations bring him closer to the answers. Written by Robert B. Young <youngb@tastemaker.com>

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Eleni - A Guerra Selvagem  »

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The film's closing epilogue states: "More than 28,000 Greek children were taken from their parents and sent to communist countries before the Civil War ended in 1949. All of Eleni's children reached America, including Glykeria, who escaped during the final battle of the war. Eleni's five children and her 13 grandchildren all live near each other in Massachusetts". See more »

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The truth hurts
9 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An excellent film, especially for history buffs. I suggest that anyone who has seen this film should also read the book. As a former leftist, this movie hits home regarding the lies and distortions that communists use to perpetuate their evil and inhuman ideology. As an American of Greek descent, I am familiar with many of the traditions and customs shown in the film. The village life shown caused me to recall stories that my mother told me, and the closeness of the family in Greek culture shown by the protagonist's relentless search for his mother's killers is another accurate portrayal. The starvation and suffering of poor Greeks during WWII made them easy prey for communist ideology, which, thank God, did not succeed in 1945-1949, and thanks to works like this film, will never succeed.


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