George is released from prison after 14 years of incarceration for a murder he committed in his small Greek village. He spends his first night out in a cheap downtown hotel in Athens. There... See full summary »
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 »
Following his father's death, Nikos leaves the provinces to work in Athens guarding his brutish uncle's dogs. Nikos finds the dynamic of his relationship with his uncle changing when his uncle's wife draws closer to him.
A seemingly random accident leaves porn photographer Jack Fender in possession of Christianity's most Holy Relics. He must confront Evil's relentless assault of blood soaked murder, sex, ... See full summary »
Daniel Patrick Sullivan,
Harris, a 16 year old boy spends his day skateboarding aimlessly around Athens with his friends. Vassilis, a middle aged cop, is frustrated with his dead-end job and crammed in his small apartment with his family.
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George is released from prison after 14 years of incarceration for a murder he committed in his small Greek village. He spends his first night out in a cheap downtown hotel in Athens. There he meets Strella, a young transsexual prostitute. They spend the night together and soon they fall in love. But the past is catching up with George. With Strella on his side he will have to find a new way out. Written by
despite the fact that the film caused a huge commotion in it's native country shocking the puritans, right wing bigots into a fury, Strella is not at all a shocking film.
It's not a "film by an oppressed director trying to glorify his sexuality" but rather, a bold statement about love, family and about "normal" not existing anymore (if it ever was).
The only shocking thing about it is how low key it is, creating a loving picture out of characters and a social milieu that has often been the subject of cinematic exploitation, or ridicule.
Coutras makes magic out of the simplest materials and his two main actors perform with astounding truth a story that can only be shocking or insulting to narrow minded, hateful people.
Nevertheless, the film does get a strong social, sexual, political point through, but it's not one of anger, or hate, but one of love and acceptance. and that unfortunately, is still too much for some to take...
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