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Hostage (2005)
"Omiros" (original title)

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Inspired by the real-life story of a bus hijacking in Northern Greece, HOSTAGE explores the sensitive issue of Greek-Albanian relations through a young Albanian who takes over an intercity ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Stathis Papadopoulos ...
Elion Senja
Theodora Tzimou ...
Iliana
Yannis Stankoglou ...
Grigoris
Minas Hatzisavvas ...
Police Commander
Arto Apartian ...
Giannis
Marilou Kapa-Valeonti ...
Angeliki
Konstantina Angelopulou ...
Kelly
Antonis Ntourakis ...
Orfeas
Manolis Afoliano ...
Jack
Rajmonda Bullku ...
Francesca
Ndriçim Xhepa
Ersi Malikenzou ...
Old Lady
Konstadinos Siradakis ...
Biris
Eleni Kastani ...
Martha
Theofania Papathoma ...
Kaiti
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Inspired by the real-life story of a bus hijacking in Northern Greece, HOSTAGE explores the sensitive issue of Greek-Albanian relations through a young Albanian who takes over an intercity bus. Upon hijacking the bus, he takes the seven passengers hostage and demands a ransom of half and million euro, and safe passage to his homeland of Albania. Surrounded by police, the bus trundles towards the Albanian border and the tension mounts until the final harrowing conclusion. Written by Anonymous

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I want only young people in the bus. If I get killed, not only my mother should cry. Theirs should cry too...

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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4 March 2005 (Greece)  »

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Performed by Theodosia Tsatsou
Written and Produced by Theodosia Tsatsou & Paul Stefanides
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Uninspired
4 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

I recently saw this film at a festival of Greek culture in London and unfortunately it had quite the opposite effect that the event intended, presenting modern Greece as a divided wasteland in a way that Giannaris seems to enjoy.

As you can tell I'm not a fan of this man's work. Although most of his films demonstrate competence they never rise above their petty desire to appeal to the international market that Giannaris so obviously craves. To make matters worse he has insisted on casting his 'From the Edge of the City' boy-toy Stathis Papadopoulos in his recent films. The boy cannot act, and has about as much menace as a slightly cheesed-off male model. I think cinema has had enough of 'non-professional' casts being used as a means of supposedly adding 'realism' to a film. Drama schools exist for a reason.

Ultimately, this film is a great disappointment. Especially considering the potential of the storyline.


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