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No Sympathy for the Devil (1997)

Kamia sympatheia gia ton Diavolo (original title)
A romance of extremes in Athens tomorrow. A cashier finds true love in the face of a young waitress who has just been released from prison. When he looses her, he travels all the way to get her back.

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Dimitris Athanitis
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kostas Kazanas Kostas Kazanas ... Orfeus
Lena Kitsopoulou Lena Kitsopoulou ... Euridice
Giorgos Kotanidis ... Devil
Panos Thanassoulis ... Nobody
Yannis Bostantzoglou Yannis Bostantzoglou ... Scania
Takis Vamvakidis ... Volvo
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Andreas Marianos
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A romance of extremes in Athens tomorrow. A cashier finds true love in the face of a young waitress who has just been released from prison. When he looses her, he travels all the way to get her back.

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love | hell | orpheus | devil | eurydice | See All (8) »

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A romance in extremes in a dystopian Athens.

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Romance | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

23 March 2001 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

No Sympathy for the Devil See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens downtown, Greece See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Although a huge casting had been set by the director Dimitri Athanitis to find a young actress for the principal role, the result was null. Lena Kitsopoulou was introduced to the director by a friend actor. See more »

Goofs

When Orpheus (Kostas Kazanas) enters the WC area of the club he walks in a different place although he is supposed to be in the same place with Euridice (Lena Kitsopoulou). The exact place is an underground passage in Pireus, some kilometers away from the club. See more »

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No Sympathy for the Devil (director's cut 2014) See more »

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Pure cinema
3 April 2013 | by stylianikSee all my reviews

It's really surprising to discover a film like this. The story is a sort of cross between Romeo and Juliet, Orpheus and Eurydice set against the backdrop of a squalid decaying city in which the only that shines is their love. And although the time is supposed to be the future, there is no scenery, no special effects.

The film is obviously shot on location in the seediest sections of Athens, from strip clubs and porn theaters to dark underpasses and all these, with the help of a extravagant black and white photography, create a strange timeless atmosphere, that could be a future but also a past. This dark dirty scenery is juxtaposing the ugliness and the cruelty of inner city life against the purity of the couple's passion.

Eurydice is a vamp-like waif , and becomes the obsession of an ordinary guy, Orpheus. But she is also the obsession of another dark character, police officer and something more. After his stunning debut with Antio Verolino (1994), Athanitis shows here that he has a magic cinematic touch driving us in a strange aesthetic and sentimental trip which is unique.

The film has something from mute Hollywood or German movies and at the same time rolls like a Marilyn Manson video. Really surprising, extremely fascinating. But what is the big surprise, is that the film seems to be set in the Athens of 2013, the era of crisis, as if it was shot yesterday and not some fifteen years before.


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