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This was the first time i watch a movie coming from Cyprus, and I must say it is a really good one. It is a story about circumstances and events that might happen to each and everyone of us. It is treated in a mature and convincing way that leaves you unable to criticize. This movie follows the story of a man who decides to come back to his homeland and his efforts to build his life again, surrounded by characters whom everyone of them has a story of his own, and all representing similar people that we all meet in our life. Fish n' chips is a drama, a comedy, a coming of age movie. It is a mix of several genres and you'll definitely be touched by the story about life, love, country, destiny and how you'll survive in this tough and always changing world.
This is pretty run of the mill stuff - a drama with some comic elements. I wasn't expecting a great deal from it, but I still left the screening disappointed. The script was pretty basic, which isn't really a limitation in and of itself. But then then everything in the plot ended up being predictable. There were a few good moments from the lead guy that saved some scenes, but in the end it was all so slow. The most frustrating thing with this film was that it was content to deliver what we've seen before, over and over... So why bother with it? Sure, as a small drama it could work as a well told tale, if it knows what it is. But the film can't decide if it's trying to be funny or not. Maybe I would have given it 5/10 except for the music. Annoying! What is trying to add spice and emotion ends up lacking soul, is clichéd and simply overdone in places. The film would have been much better with so much less of it. It gave the final film an amateurish quality that made me disconnect whenever it played. Stronger music could have helped the film where it needed it most.
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Although a Cypriot myself, I have to admit that Cyprus has not accustomed us to good productions (cypriot productions, although Cypriot directors have risen to fame mostly through Greece). Fortunately this is an exception. I deals with Andy-Andreas, a Cypriot raised in London, living with his dementia-suffering mother, German girlfriend and her daughter, working in a fish and chips restaurant. He decides to go back to his apparent homeland, for his mother to rest, and for him to make a fresh start. Welcomed by his brother, who migrated back some years before him, to his "noble" house and lifestyle, where he's trying to open a fish restaurant. Upon arrival all seems promising, until you cross the backdrop and it all falls apart. The movie is not just a straightforward drama. It's a harsh criticism with a good deal of irony for the vanity and fragility of the modern Cypriot culture. Rich on mortgage; cars, brands and pool mansions for social status; a noble traditional hospitality that can be turned upside down by losing control of the otherwise controlled environment of the child; a suffering mother that distresses a perfect yuppie lifestyle; xenophobic prejudice; frail marriages based on well being only; and the list goes on. An idyllic postwar (1974-) life constructed on a basis of ethnic unity against a common enemy. And the twist of the film does not hold up. All has to be contradicted, all to be proved a lie, even lies told to oneself.
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