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Taxidi sta Kythira (1984)

An old communist returns to Greece after 32 years in the Soviet Union. However, things aren't the way he had hoped for.

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Theodoros Angelopoulos (screenplay), Thanassis Valtinos (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Manos Katrakis ... Spyros
Mairi Hronopoulou ... Voula
Dionysis Papagiannopoulos Dionysis Papagiannopoulos ... Antonis
Dora Volanaki ... Katerina
Giulio Brogi ... Alexandros (as Julio Brogi)
Giorgos Nezos Giorgos Nezos ... Panagiotis
Athinodoros Prousalis ... Chief of Police
Mihalis Giannatos
Vasilis Tsaglos
Despoina Geroulanou Despoina Geroulanou
Akis Kareglis Akis Kareglis
Ahilleas Abazis Ahilleas Abazis
Eirini Koumarianou
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An old communist returns to Greece after 32 years in the Soviet Union. However, things aren't the way he had hoped for.

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homecoming | exile | communism | See All (3) »

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Country:

Greece | West Germany | Italy | UK

Language:

Greek | English

Release Date:

21 April 1984 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Voyage à Cythère See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Part I of "A Trilogy of Silence". See more »

Quotes

Katerina: [on cheating] I often discover, with horror and relief, that I no longer believe in anything. At such times, I return to my body. It's the only thing that reminds me I'm alive.
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Connections

References O thiasos (1975) See more »

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Taxidi sta Kythira
Written by Eleni Karaindrou
Performed by Giorgos Dalaras
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Deeply humanist, moving, while still keeping Angelopoulos' trademark complexity
26 February 2012 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

One of Angelopoulos's most moving and accessible films (which is not to say it doesn't have a great deal of challenge and complexity).

A film director is searching for the right old man to cast in his movie (to play his father?). Suddenly an old man who is the director's father (or is he?) a political revolutionary and ex- patriot returns home to reclaim his place. But he is unwilling to sell his land to make way for a giant new construction project, making him hated amongst his neighbors who are anxious to get cash for their rocky soil.

Before long, the man is found to no longer have standing as a Greek citizen, and his placed on a raft off shore while the authorities figure out to do with him.

Beautiful, poetic, ironically, darkly funny, absurd, and very touching film about old wounds, aging, and obsolescence, both on a human and national scale.


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