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Landscape in the Mist (1988)
"Topio stin omichli" (original title)

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Road movie about two children (Voula and Alexandre) searching for their father who is supposed to live in Germany. Their obsession for this father figure will take them to the boundaries ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michalis Zeke ...
Alexandros
Tania Palaiologou ...
Voula
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Orestis
Eva Kotamanidou
Aliki Georgouli
Vasilis Kolovos ...
Truck Driver
Vasilis Bouyiouklakis
Ilias Logothetis ...
Seagull
Vangelis Kazan
Stratos Pahis
Mihalis Giannatos ...
Train Station Guardian
Kiriakos Katrivanos
Grigoris Evangelatos
Giannis Fyrios
Nikos Kouros
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Road movie about two children (Voula and Alexandre) searching for their father who is supposed to live in Germany. Their obsession for this father figure will take them to the boundaries between childhood and adolescence. Written by Carlos Morales <bmunoz@mail.sci.net.mx>

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After the scene of the hand surfacing out from the sea, the young actor says the sentence 'Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels' hierarchies?'. This sentence is from The First Elegy by Rainer Maria Rilke. See more »

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Voula: [writing a letter to her father] Dear father, we are writing because we have decided to come and find you. We have never seen you and we miss you. We talk about you all the time. Mummy will be upset that we've gone. Deep down inside we love her, don't think we don't, but she doesn't understand anything. We don't know what you look like. Alexander says all sorts of things. He dreams about you. We miss you so much. Sometimes on my way home from school I think I hear footsteps behind me, your ...
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Another flawed occasionally brilliant film
15 July 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Landscape in the Mist is the third in a Trilogy of Silence that began with Voyage to Cythera and continued with The Bee-Keeper. In all three films the qualities that distinguished the first trilogy -Days of '36, The Travelling Players, and The Hunters- are absent. The music in the first trilogy is precise and precisely used at key moments of the film; whereas in the second trilogy the music is repetitive and not traditionally Greek but some sort of middle European slop which heard again and again becomes an irritating nuisance and a diversion from the film. The music in Megalexandros is even more important and deftly used. Second, the cinematography in the first trilogy and Megalexandros is pristine and superb in its use of Northern Greek landscape, whereas in the second trilogy, with the exception of the closing scenes of Voyage to Cythera and Landscape in the Mist, the landscape rarely works as a commentary other than, perhaps the empty roads in Landscape in the Mist. Third, the introduction of Tonino Guerra as writer complicates the vision Angelopoulos had before, giving his films an existential despair familiar from Antonionio's films on which Guerra wrote, and which are part of the problem. The unreality of two children who rarely eat or drink or wash may not matter as they represent a transition from innocence to maturity, but the adults around them are by turns indifferent (the uncle), brutal (the truck driver), loving (Orestes) but seem not to contribute anything to the children's lives, other than the obvious problem of the truck scene. Perhaps in this film the father's silence is equivalent to God's silence, yet the solitary tree at the end suggests the eternal spring of life, and that the children have found their peace. What a pity this ravishing scene is so polluted by that whining oboe and that relentless repetition of such third rate muzak.

I have the Artificial Eye Boxed sets, and all the films seem to be missing up to 5-15 minutes, are there no definitive versions of Angelopoulos' films?


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