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The true story of a young couple (Babis and Eleni) fighting for love and freedom. An odyssey in and out of prisons during the dark period between the Greek civil war until the end of ... See full summary »

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Themis Bazaka ...
Eleni
Dimitris Katalifos ...
Babis
Maria Martika ...
Eleni's Mother
Eirini Inglesi
Nikos Birbilis
Ilias Katevas
Thanos Grammenos
Penelope Pitsouli ...
Woman in Train
Marika Tziralidou
Tasos Ramsis
Michalis Boyaridis
Yannis Evdaimon
Tasos Palatzidis
Kostas Kleftogiannis
Vassilis Vassilakis
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The true story of a young couple (Babis and Eleni) fighting for love and freedom. An odyssey in and out of prisons during the dark period between the Greek civil war until the end of dictatorship in 1974. In 1954 Eleni goes to Athens to study medicine. When political oppression increases, Babis is imprisoned for political activity. To avoid the same fate Eleni hides for ten years. In 1966 Babis is released and they enjoy their love for a few days. She gets pregnant. Then she is arrested and gives birth to her child in prison. In 1967 the military junta overthrows the government and Babis is imprisoned again. They are released after the fall of the junta in 1974. They realise that in all those years they had spent only 70 hours together. The narration is honest without superficial emotionalism and focuses on the dignity of the characters against the stormy political history. Written by Alkistis Zografou

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A GEM- SHOULD HAVE WON MORE AWARDS
25 May 1999 | by (Rethymnon, Crete-Greece) – See all my reviews

One of the best greek films ever made! The real story of two young communists in love during the civil war, which followed World War II, in Greece is most touching. Pantelis Voulgaris, the director, is regarded to be the "humaniest" director in Greece; and with this film he proves he deserves this title. Without ending to "cheap" melodrama he succeeds in telling us the story, dealing honestly with its subject. Especially the scene of the communication of the two lovers in the prison (they are imprisoned in cells which are opposite one another and communicate through small mirrors) has an inner strength-it could well be the only reason why to see this film, but it isn't. Bazaka's and Kataleifos' performances are perfect. One is for sure: It is a film that could have won numerous awards (including the Academy awards) if it had been an american or british film.


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