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We Only Live Once (1958)

Mia zoi tin ehoume (original title)
A bank teller discovers an accounting error and becomes rich

Director:

Yorgos Tzavellas (as Giorgos Tzavellas)

Writer:

Yorgos Tzavellas (as Yorgos Javellas)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yvonne Sanson ... Bibi
Dimitris Horn Dimitris Horn ... Kleon
Vasilis Avlonitis ... Guard
Hristos Tsaganeas Hristos Tsaganeas ... Bank Manager
Periklis Hristoforidis ... Manolis
Lavrentis Dianellos ... Barba Fotis
Koulis Stoligas Koulis Stoligas
Dionysis Papagiannopoulos ... Mr. Daouglou
Nikos Fermas
Yorgos Damasiotis Yorgos Damasiotis
Haris Kamili Haris Kamili
Joly Garbi Joly Garbi
Stavros Iatridis Stavros Iatridis
Thanasis Tzeneralis Thanasis Tzeneralis ... (as Thanos Tzeneralis)
Giannis Ioannidis Giannis Ioannidis
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Kleon is a poor man trying to make his living with a small job at a bank. One day, he discovers an accounting error and deciding not to report it, he takes the money and instantly becomes rich. This gives him the chance to live the rich life of his dreams, but is there any chance for this change to go unnoticed by the bank? Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

14 September 1958 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

We Have Only One Life See more »

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Finos Film See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Timeless and universal
4 July 2004 | by micmic1431968See all my reviews

Who wouldn't like to be rich, have the girl of his dreams and live the "big life" ? How many people, given the chance, would sacrifice their honesty in order to materialize their desires and live their dreams - even if just for a while ? And what about the price one has to pay for his thriftlessness ? All these questions were as timely in 50s' Greece as they are today all over the world. And if you ever had those questions yourself, you will surely identify with Dimitris Horn in one of his more exquisite performances. Javellas's direction is nothing less than inspired and conveys magnificently the nuances of the script.

This is not a comedy per se; a more appropriate description would be "a bitter but upbeat satire". I don't know how exactly a non-Greek could ever run into this film, but if you do you'd better not miss it. My only gripe is the -almost- happy end which is somewhat unrealistic in my eyes, and in direct contrast with the bitter realism of the rest of the movie. In a way, it reminds me of the ending of "Breakfast at Tiffany's". But I guess others will love it the way it is. In any case, this movie is an amazingly poignant comment on money and the way it relates to our dreams and especially the most fugacious of them: love.


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