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A good film, that deserves peoples attention and definetely has it!
Well, to be honest Goritsas film has just as many weak points as any other greek film. But it is much better, because it is unique! A trully unique comedy, with an "every day" subject -at least for Greek people, it is cosidered to be one-: Vasilis Arvanitakis has "lented" some E.U money which sopposed to be given for the raising of a Greek museum of art, to buy a brazilian football player, that is proven to has very poor skills! So, what he could possibly do when two european-union employees come to check the progress of the Museum!!? He treats them with the greek way of hospitality... so he can abstract their attention for a while...
Goritsa's direction is simple, effective and not very stylish... which is not bad at all! When a movie has bases on the screenplay then who needs all the crapy effects-of lets say Aronofsky's direction-? The screenplay is very well written and really gives all it's best, funny dialogue, furious attack against the GREEK-way of life and...a dodgy ending? That's the problem, the ending is so obviously abstract... he can't really understand why it is there hanging like a half-eaten banana!That's the main weakness... along with some plot holes who really go un-noticed if you DON'T think about it later! The acting is good, the players are really fine although nothing special comes up, with the exeption of leading actor Mainas who is really good though, a really fine actor who wastes his time in stupid-T.V shows...
All in all the movie is good, definetely worths a try! The best parts are the footaball-match sequence and the who-understand-i sequence... If you really want to see the greeks in all their magnificent brilliance you should check out this flick!
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