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Eternity and a Day (1998)
"Mia aioniotita kai mia mera" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  28 May 1999 (USA)
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Famous writer Alexander is very ill and has little time left to live. He meets a little boy on the street, who is an illegal immigrant from Albania, and goes on a journey with him to take the boy home.

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The Child
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Nikos Kolovos ...
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Andreas Chekouras
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Petros Markaris
Yannis Mohlas
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Alexander, an old writer, is ill and prepared to die. He says his goodbyes and recalls his life with his wife long ago. While driving his car he saves a street kid, an illegal immigrant from Albania, from being arrested. Later in the day, by chance, he sees the same boy being abducted, and follows in his car. Although he is preoccupied with his own regrets, he puts death on hold to find a way to help the boy. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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$24,221 (USA) (28 May 1999)

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$106,486 (USA) (1 October 1999)
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Part III of "A Trilogy of Borders". See more »

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When the child goes to see his dead friend Selim in the morgue, we can see Selim's right eyelid slightly blinking just after the child closes the door. See more »

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Alexandre: My only regret, Anna - but is it only one? - is to not have finished anything. I left all as a draft, shattered words here and there.
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Eternity and A Day - the title, not meant to refer to the film's length.
1 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Many of us who viewed Eternity and a Day at January's 1999 Palm Springs International Film Fest, had our fun afterwards, cracking jokes at the length this film (132 minutes) in relationship to its title. There were scenes that seemed quite never ending, the wedding dance scene, to name just one. Nevertheless, take some of it away, and the symmetry of the film might well be broken. Then again, there is an awful lot of symbolism to digest all at one sitting. So go to see it on empty, and come away fully nourished and satisfied.

Greek director Angelopoulos has created a spellbinding tour de force. Eternity and a Day is a brilliant film in it's haunting poetic imagery.

I highly recommend this prized Greek film, an American Oscar submission.


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