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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Stefan Gryff ...
Tasso
Andrea Laskari ...
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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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21 December 1985 (Japan)  »

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Eleni - A Guerra Selvagem  »

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Additional flashback scenes were filmed featuring Alfred Molina as Nick's father Christos (played by Steve Plytas in the 1980s scenes). Although Molina was credited as "Young Christos" in press materials, and his scenes were shown in publicity photos, his role was almost completely cut from the final version, and his name does not appear in the credits. Molina's only remaining footage in the released film is a single shot of Christos taking a photograph of Eleni, Nikola and family, with his face partially obscured by his camera. See more »

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Disturbingly powerful
26 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm well aware that the word "powerful" has been used to describe "Eleni" innumerable times...yet it seems the closest word to describe the indescribable. Based on a true story and historical events (namely the civil war in Greece), the film captures a family's struggle in the harsh realities of war, communism and inhumanity...at the hands of people who are the closest to us. Eleni not only delves into the lives of Greek peasants, but attempts to give us a glimpse into their personal background and even mindset as to why they let certain events unfold. Certain actions and decisions that normal, rational people born outside of Greek culture would think impossible or inhumane begin to make sense, and while most viewers will never agree to what is happening, they can at least sympathize. This well-written story is spectacularly filmed (in Spain) and with an incredible musical score-- Eleni is one of the most underrated films of its genre, on par with Dr Zhivago. Unfortunately, the character of Nick is played by John Malcovich...who is grievously miscast for this role (in hindsight it may have been solely to get at least a known Hollywood name attached to the project) and his monotone, lifeless style comes off as neither Greek nor appropriate for such an emotional story-- Linda Hunt, by contrast is amazing. Eleni should absolutely be in the repertoire of any film enthusiast.


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