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Angel (1982)

Angelos (original title)
A young gay man in Athens, Angelo, keeps his sexual identity a secret from his family. He falls hard for a rough sailor, Mikhalis, and moves in with him. Mikhalis convinces Angelo to dress ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Michalis Maniatis ...
Angelos
Dionysis Xanthos ...
Mihalis
Katerina Helmy ...
Angelos' Mother
Vasilis Tsaglos ...
Angelos' Father
Giorgos Bartis ...
Angelos' Ex-boyfriend
Maria Alkeou ...
Angelos' Grandmother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mihalis Agelidakis
Aliki
Spiros Bibilas ...
Dancer at the Disco
Menelaos Daflos
Mihalis Giannatos
Pavlos Kontoyannidis
Eleni Kourkoula ...
Angelos' Sister
Nikos Kouros
Stelios Lionakis
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A young gay man in Athens, Angelo, keeps his sexual identity a secret from his family. He falls hard for a rough sailor, Mikhalis, and moves in with him. Mikhalis convinces Angelo to dress in drag and work a corner with other transvestites. With the money, Mikhalis buys a fancy motorcycle and hangs out in bars. By day, Angelo is in the army; at night, he whores. At Christmas, he visits his grandmother, and we learn that she and his mother were also prostitutes. A crisis ensues when neighborhood men beat up Angelo: his family is informed, the army discharges him, and his father goes crazy. Then Mikhalis wants Angelo gone. What will the young man do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Athens… as it once was.
13 October 2012 | by (Serbia and Montenegro) – See all my reviews

I saw "Angelos" at a film festival in the 1980s, and watched it again on the web after almost three decades.

This movie has two essential qualities: courage and honesty. It was not easy to introduce viewers to this topic in 1982, and particularly not in such an open and "picturesque" way. Life on the margins has always existed, but the eyes of the (Greek) public were mainly closed. Most people did not want to see and acknowledge it. Therefore, the appearance of this movie caused such a big shock and reluctance.

On the other hand, the movie honestly shows that a bitter subject it engages with permeates various social milieus and communities, in this case the environment of poverty and despair. The scenes of "weird" transvestites' night life in Athens of the 1970-80s reflect the real situation on spot at the time, but such things have probably changed since then (have they really?), taking at least a different form.

One can discuss about the "external" qualities of this movie and acting (excluding excellent supporting roles of Angelos' sister and mother), but this does not diminish its overall result – a contribution to the cognition that there is no much choice when people are trapped by distressed life circumstances. However, we all have a right to life regardless if we did or did not choose by ourselves a certain kind of existence. We all pay at the end, one way or another. And, this is the main point of "Angelos".

Maybe not great, but this is a very good movie, and Greek cinema should not be ashamed of it. Quite the contrary!


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