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Hard Goodbyes: My Father (2002)
"Dyskoloi apohairetismoi: O babas mou" (original title)

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In 1969 Athens, a 10 year old boy struggles to come to terms with the sudden death of his father.


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Credited cast:
Stelios Mainas ...
Christos Stergioglou ...
Hristos Bouyotas ...
Despo Diamantidou ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Myrto Apostolidou ...
Eftyhia Dedousi ...
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Dimitris Drosos ...
Car Buyer
Konstadinos Grammenos ...
Dimitris Imellos ...
Michalis Karatzas ...
Marina Latzanaki ...
Panagiotis Lykavgeris ...
School Visitor
Hippolyte Lykavieris ...
School Visitor


Elias is a 10 year old boy living in Athens with his family in 1969 and has an interest in Jules Verne's stories and in astronomy. His father, with whom Elias has a strong relationship, is a travelling salesman and his absence affects the whole family. On the eve of his departure for a long business trip he promises his son that he'll be back in time to watch the moon landing on TV together, but he is killed in a car accident. While Elias' mother and his elder brother deal with the loss in their own way, Elias refuses to accept his father's death. He creates an imaginary world, in which his father is alive. He shares fictitious stories with his friends, he sends letters to his grandmother on behalf of his father and he dreams of places like he did with him. Elias' mother and his godfather, who do everything to bring him back to reality, take him to a summer house. On the night of the moon landing Elias meets his father in his own way and comes to terms with his loss. Written by Alkistis Zografou

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27 December 2002 (Greece)  »

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Ena asteri peftei peftei
Performed by Vicky Mosholiou
Composed by Apostolos Kaldaras
Lyrics by Giorgos Samoladas
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Okay, not great.
2 June 2003 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

The film is about a young boy's progression to accept the death of his father.

I had a hard time believing the depth of their relationship, but maybe that's just me. I also found the boy pretty darn annoying and difficult.

Good points: some nice photography; sustainable plot; some likeable characters; some charming moments.

Bad points: a little slow; acting mediocre; unoriginal story; at times a little too unbelievable and overdramatic.

To sum, so/so. Slight recommendation.

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