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Head On (1998)

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A 19 year old Greek Australian youth struggles with his sexual identity and has one clumsy heterosexual and several homosexual encounters.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ari
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Sean
Elena Mandalis ...
Betty
Tony Niko ...
Dimitri (as Tony Nikolakopoulos)
Damien Fotiou ...
Joe
Eugenia Fragos ...
Sophia
Chris Kaglaros ...
Groom (as Chris Kagiaros)
Dora Kaskanis ...
Dina
María Mercedes ...
Tasia
Alex Papps ...
Peter
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Vassili (as Vassili Zappa)
Andrea Mandalis ...
Alex
Ourania Sideropoulos ...
Bride
Anthony Lyritzis ...
Boy in Car
Ana Gonzalez ...
Woman Sweeping
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Storyline

Nineteen-year-old Ari confronts both his sexuality and his Greek family. Ari despises his once-beloved parents, former radical activists, for having entombed themselves in insular tradition. Ari is obsessed with gay sex, although he does make an unenthusiastic attempt to satisfy the sister of one of his best friends. While all of this is going on, he's facing problems with his traditional Greek parents, who have no clue about his sexual activities. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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full on - all night - come on

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Release Date:

13 August 1998 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,224 (USA) (13 August 1999)

Gross:

$378,667 (USA) (5 May 2000)
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In a sex scene between Aria and Dina, the actress' sweater is buttoned closed but her body double's sweater is fully open. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ari: They tell you that God is dead but, man, they still want you to have a purpose. They say look at your parents: hard-working migrants, work two jobs, struggle all your life, buy your kids a house... there, that's purpose. They tell you to be a doctor, a teacher, be creative, do something, believe in something, believe in family and the future, save the world, believe in love, but, fuck it, I'm no scholar, I'm no worker, I'm no poet.
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To koritsi apopse theli
(Tonight the Girls Want to Dance)
by Hristos Kolokotronis, Ioannis Tatosopoulos
Performed by the haBiBis
toubeleki: George Kiriakidis
clarinet: George Kirkopoulos
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Nice book, shame about the film!
21 April 1999 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure why everyone goes crazy over this film. Like "Only the Brave", this is just another collection of "controversial" topics - lined up next to each other to make a film. You can almost hear the conversations at script meetings: "Oh, hang on! We haven't said anything about child abuse, yet!"

Unfortunately, the film fails to say anything about anything. Tsiolkas' novel was a bold and fresh work, but this adaptation proves that some books simply can not be filmed. The problems lie in the fact that it's a very internalised novel. And it's a little easier to have a protagonist in a novel who is not a very nice person. Dimitriades is a standout, but he is not given the motivation to work with. The sex club scenes are cliched and silly (My what great looking guys! They look like they've just stepped out of the modeling agency).

Alex Papps and Maya Stange were wasted and it's a shame to see two amazing talents like them playing second banana to Julian Garner. So promising... but it just didn't deliver.


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