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The Photograph (1986)

I fotografia (original title)
Ilias Apostolou, a young furrier who has had a hard time under the dictatorship, leaves Castoria in 1971 to emigrate to France, where he hopes to join a distant relative of his, Gerassimos ... See full summary »

Director:

Nikos Papatakis

Writer:

Nikos Papatakis
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Cast overview:
Hristos Tsagas ... Gerasimos Tzivas (as Christos Tsagkas)
Aris Retsos ... Ilias Apostolou
Zozo Zarpa ... Soula Apostolou
Despina Tomazani Despina Tomazani ... Fofi (as Despoina Tomazani)
Hristos Valavanidis ... Antonis Doukas
Marina Delivoria Marina Delivoria ... Stella
Yannis Totsikas ... Harilaos (as Giannis Totsikas)
Stratos Pahis ... Photographer (as Stratos Pachis)
Orestis Tsanakis Orestis Tsanakis
Yiorgos Kalantzis ... Antonis' employee (as Giorgos Kalatzis)
Metaxia Deliou Metaxia Deliou
Kostas Markopoulos Kostas Markopoulos
André Wilms ... Kristian
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Ilias Apostolou, a young furrier who has had a hard time under the dictatorship, leaves Castoria in 1971 to emigrate to France, where he hopes to join a distant relative of his, Gerassimos Tzivas, who has been living there since 1950. With him, he takes nothing from his homeland but a photograph of a person that he finds on the pavement. He asks Gerassimos to help him in finding work in Paris. A misunderstanding around the photograph, however, sets off a series of dramatic events. Written by Artemis-9

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A story about obsession, framed by the sad events of the military dictatorship in Greece
24 August 2011 | by destiny_gr14See all my reviews

I fotografia (The Photograph) is one of the most highly acclaimed Greek films but very few people have actually heard of the movie (even in its country of origin). What I enjoyed in Papatakis' film is the representation of the Greek society during the time when the Junta (Military dictatorship) was already governing the country (1971-1974). Except from the obvious focus on human obsessions and the psychological thriller turn of the film, we could clearly see the political comment on how hard it was to survive in Greek circles (within the country and abroad) if you were considered to be a communist.In Kastoria, the city where the story begins, all these banners in favour of the regime had "Greece of Greek Christians" or "Country, Religion, Family" written on them. These were the main slogans of the dictators. I found the storyline about the protagonist's (Yerasimos) love of an idea (a photograph)quite metaphorical and parallel to the Greek population's blindness towards the Junta.As Ilias characteristically says to his mother towards the end of the film "what we love about someone is their lie".


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France | Greece

Language:

Greek | French

Release Date:

28 October 1987 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Photo See more »

Filming Locations:

Kastoria, Greece See more »

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Mono

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1.66 : 1
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