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From the Edge of the City (1998)
"Apo tin akri tis polis" (original title)

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The "Edge of the City" means Menidi, a poor suburb on the edge of pulsating Athens (the city). Menidi harbours many Cosssack Greeks. They are also called "pontios", ethnic Greeks from the ... See full summary »

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Stathis Papadopoulos ...
Sasha
Costas Kotsianidis ...
Kotsian
Panayiotis Hartomatzidis ...
Panagiotis
Dimitris Papoulidis ...
Giorgos
Theodora Tzimou ...
Natasha
Anestis Polychronidis ...
Anestis
Nikos Kamontos ...
Filippos
Stelios Tsemboglidis ...
Stelios
Giorgos Mavridis ...
Chorny
Panagiota Vlachosotirou ...
Elenitsa
Silvia Venizelea ...
Thodora
Emilios Chilakis ...
Nikos
Vasias Eleftheriadis ...
Father
Evri Sophroniadou ...
Mother
Giannis Kontraphouris ...
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The "Edge of the City" means Menidi, a poor suburb on the edge of pulsating Athens (the city). Menidi harbours many Cosssack Greeks. They are also called "pontios", ethnic Greeks from the Black Sea dispersed through the ex-Southern Soviet Union in the Stalin era. The "pontios" have returned to Greece en masse after the demise of the USSR. The parents speak mostly Greek, but the teenage children speak a hybrid Russian-Greek language which reflects their lack of identity and marginalization in Greece's highly xenophobic society (the only EU country where no minorities exist!...officially). The teenagers' marginalization leads them to the core of the film's theme: the lives of petty crime and prostitution which these second or third class Greeks lead. Their camaraderie, the way they mock each others' dealing in homosexuality, their sexual and criminal exploitation by rich Greeks, their own exploitation of prostitutes, sexual and moral ambiguity all lead to the film's defining! Written by Guy33134

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A realistic portrayal of life
20 June 2005 | by (France) – See all my reviews

The fact that the director selected mostly street kids for this film, as in _Salaam Bombay_, definitely gives it an edge. Regardless of the viewers' sexual orientation, who the prostitutes have sex with is irrelevant, as the core of the matter is why they get into and stay in prostitution, why they do drugs, and how the cycle perpetuates itself. The demise of the Soviet Union had some rather negative consequences, such as the impoverishment of former Soviet nations and the subsequent diaspora of many of their nationals. Such is the story of ethnic Greek Khazahkstani expatriates. The story is set in Athens, but it could just as well be set in London, New York, Chicago, you name it. The tale is universal. The movie is good.


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