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A very engaging film with comedy, romance, scenery
We saw this at a 7pm session Sat night session of the 2010 Greek Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia and what an enjoyable 83 minutes this is.
Courtesy of the festival booklet "Art, crime and infidelity take center stage in this hilarious madcap adventure that proves that sometimes changing your life for the better means turning it around 180 degrees.
Trapped in a loveless marriage with a rich workaholic, Anna finds her husband Giannis is more interested in his work, his art collection and his secretary than he is in her. With Giannis away on a business trip she's alone again, that is, until a burglar named Vasilis decides to break in and rob the house. Before she knows it, Anna is on the run with Vasilis, escaping police, escaping her past and escaping Giannis.
Fast-paced, frantic and fun, 180 Degrees is about finding peace where you can and taking the opportunities that come your way, even if it means risking everything"
Review : Although a lot of the audience were Greek speaking, the movie was also subtitled in English. It's an engaging story, well written with some very good visual as well as verbal comedy. Apart from 6 or 7 engaging characters we're also treated to a Greece road trip taking in some very scenic locations in what looks to be Northern Greece.
Panagiota Vlanti who plays the blonde wife Anna is very easy on the eye (for Aussies she looks a lot like Rebecca Maddern who reads the Ch 7 news). Rebecca is 33, Panagioto might be late 30s, early 40s. Likewise Mixalis Marinos plays it just right as the burglar and then developing romantic interest. Vladimiros Kiriakidis playing Anna's husband Yiannis is a very funny guy or blessed with very funny lines that set the tone at the start of the movie.
Chick flick, comedy, date movie, romance, scenery, nice looking women and men, there's a lot to like here and a lot of genres with boxes effortlessly ticked and without being obvious in the process. Certainly we and the rest of audience left the theater with a very good vibe. But just one small tongue in cheek warning (taken in context from the sub titles)... "be very careful of the UN f***ed woman". Having said this the film was a delight. I find it hard to understand how the external critics only managed a 3.5 out of 10. This is easily an 8. Perhaps the Greek critics do not like or cringe at Greek comedies.
This is one Greek comedy they should be proud of and shouting from the rooftops about.
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