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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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Isabelle Renauld ...
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Achileas Skevis ...
The Child
Alexandra Ladikou ...
Despina Bebedelli ...
Eleni Gerasimidou ...
Iris Chatziantoniou ...
Nikos Kouros ...
Alekos Oudinotis ...
Nikos Kolovos ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andreas Chekouras
Mihalis Giannatos ...
(as Michalis Yannatos)
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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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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 »

Quotes

Alexandre: Why, mother, nothing happens as we wish? Why? Why does one have to rot in silence torn between pain and desire? Why did I live my life in exile. Tell me mother, why can't one learn to love?
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Panselinos o erotas
Music by Eleni Karaindrou
Lyrics by K.H. Myris
Performed by Haris Alexiou
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Masterpiece
9 August 2002 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

A film straight from my dreams, drifting in and out of logical existence into the land of the dead. The story, as much as there is a story, involves an aging poet (played by European film staple Bruno Ganz) who has a terminal disease. He is apparently destined to die tomorrow, and we spend his final day following him, from his waking to midnight. Early in the morning he picks up a young homeless boy, an Albanian refugee, who tries to wash his window at a stoplight. Together they go on silent adventures. At regular intervals the film flashes back to Ganz's interactions with his beautiful wife, who never appears in the present, nor do we find out where she is. Most of the film's power is visual and aural. It is truly a sensual experience, along the lines of a Tarkovsky film. Because of its sensual prominence and lack of a coherent plot, it will surely fade from the surface of my memory. However, it is guaranteed to haunt me for the rest of my life. 10/10.


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