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Mathe paidi mou grammata (1981)

In a small Greek village, short time after the collapse of the Junta regime, a memorial of those who died in the German occupation of Greece brings in the surface the political differences of a conservative teacher and his two sons.

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Credited cast:
Vasilis Diamantopoulos ...
Periklis Papahristoforou
Anna Matzourani ...
Elpida
Nikos Kalogeropoulos ...
Sokratis
Christos Kalavrouzos ...
Kanavos
Rena Kazakou ...
Hrysanthi
Kostas Tsakonas ...
Dimosthenis
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Katia Alexandrou
Dimos Avdeliodis
Kostas Bilifis
Menelaos Daflos
Elpidoforos Gotsis
Dimitris Kaberidis
Giorgos Kavagias
Nikos Kikilias
Nikolas Kotsonis
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In a small Greek village, short time after the collapse of the Junta regime, a memorial of those who died in the German occupation of Greece brings in the surface the political differences of a conservative teacher and his two sons.

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The most important political, post-military junta satire about the nation, the religion, the education, the family.

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Unbelievable
27 October 2005 | by (Cyprus) – See all my reviews

First of all i would like to bow to the genius of Nikos Kalogeropoulos. The whole story is seen from the point of view of the character he plays, an underprivileged teenager who is about to finish high school. He is in love with a very poor girl, that has to work in order to support her family, while studying. The problem is that his father is the very conservative schoolmaster, while she is the granddaughter of a Communist who was executed by the Germans. And during that historical period,even in the years of the reestablishment of Greek democracy, the core of Greek society (even more in villages like the one where the story is set) remained mainly really conservative.Furthermore, the arrival of his brother, after a lot of years of studying abroad, and his failure to find a suitable job, challenge his faith in the conservative social system that ruled Greece at the time.

But the most revolutionary part of the film is the social commentary. Subjects that where considered taboo for the Greek cinema of the time (sexuality, political sectarianism, unemployment,the rule of the church,miss education, poverty and the negligence toward rural communities) are touched and challenged in a film that only looks like a coming-of-age story. Probably one of the most amazing scenes showing this is the scene where the kids, in the classroom, read their compositions about everyday life in town, and while they read, the camera takes a tour in town showing us what happens in their typical day,and what problems they face. That and the final scene, inside the courtroom....

Oh and it is worth seeing for the beautifully cinematic scenes showing the town of stemnitsa, where the film was shot.......


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