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Eternity and a Day (1998)

Mia aioniotita kai mia mera (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 28 May 1999 (USA)
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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(as Theo Angelopoulos)

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Isabelle Renauld ...
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Achileas Skevis ...
The Child
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lazaros Andreou ...
(as Lazarus Andreou)
Aristotelis Aposkitis ...
(as Aristotle Aposkitis)
Despina Bebedelli ...
Alexandros' Mother (as Despina Bebedeli)
Iris Chatziantoniou ...
Dimitris Fotsinos-Safrantzas ...
Kid (as Dimitri Fotsinos-Safrantzas)
Petros Fyssoun ...
Alexandros (voice) (as Petros Fissoun)
Eleni Gerasimidou ...
Rony Gianari
Milena Giannakidou ...
(as Milena Gianakidou)
Mihalis Giannatos ...
Ticket Inspector (as Mihalis Yanatos)
Themis Gousoulis ...
Kid
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Storyline

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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28 May 1999 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$24,221 (USA) (30 May 1999)

Gross:

$106,486 (USA) (3 October 1999)
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Bruno Ganz delivered his lines in German and was dubbed into Greek. 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 »

Quotes

Alexandre: I know that one you will leave. The wind pushes your eyes away but today give me this day as if it was the last.
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Soundtracks

Panselinos o erotas
Music by Eleni Karaindrou
Lyrics by K.H. Myris
Performed by Haris Alexiou
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A Welcome Surprise
5 November 1998 | by (Athens, Greece) – See all my reviews

"An Eternity and a Day", as the title translated in English means, is the answer Alexandros -the film's hero- receives as an epiphany, while pondering on the meaning of Tomorrow.

We surmise that he has only a few days left to live, and watch him face a dilemma: should he choose to give some meaning to the rest of his life, learn to love, care and express himself to the people he's in close contact with; or wither away, a stranger in his own life only to die a pointless death?

Contrary to popular opinion, the film's concept is really this simple.

Theo Angelopoulos has managed to win the appraisal of many, at the same time obtaining a hateful opposition. And while there are sequences in the film which will have you rolling your eyes and proclaiming "Get on with it!", it's unique pictorial beauty and lyricism will more than make up for the lack of movement.

Some of the downsides are the director's constant moulding of the world (and a strange one it is, where an 8 year old boy can debate like an adult and everyone spouts poetry instead of words) to fit his own megalomaniacal impulses - but maybe that's not a sin after all, maybe that's just what Creation is all about...

A deserved 7.


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