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Learn How to Read and Write, Son (1981)

Mathe paidi mou grammata (original title)
In a small Greek village, short time after the collapse of the Junta regime, a memorial of those who died in the German occupation of Greece brings in the surface the political differences of a conservative teacher and his two sons.


Thodoros Maragos (as Thodoros Marangos)


Thodoros Maragos (as Thodoros Marangos)
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Credited cast:
Vasilis Diamantopoulos ... Periklis Papahristoforou
Anna Matzourani Anna Matzourani ... Elpida
Nikos Kalogeropoulos Nikos Kalogeropoulos ... Sokratis
Christos Kalavrouzos ... Kanavos
Rena Kazakou Rena Kazakou ... Hrysanthi
Kostas Tsakonas Kostas Tsakonas ... Dimosthenis
Giorgos Vrasivanopoulos Giorgos Vrasivanopoulos ... Passenger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katia Alexandrou Katia Alexandrou
Dimos Avdeliodis Dimos Avdeliodis
Kostas Bilifis Kostas Bilifis
Kostas Biliris Kostas Biliris
Menelaos Daflos Menelaos Daflos ... Horofylakas
Elpidoforos Gotsis ... Dioikitis Horofylakis
Dimitris Kaberidis ... Papas
Giorgos Kavagias Giorgos Kavagias


In the wake of the far-right Greek military junta, a storm is brewing in a rugged and secluded Arcadian village. Traditional, stern, and conservative, the unwavering headmaster of the local gymnasium, Periklis Papachristoforou, will find himself in the eye of the storm, when--during the unveiling of a WWII memorial--the name of the Resistance fighter, Christos Kanavos, is deliberately omitted from the wall. As a result, the clash between his liberal teacher wife and his two progressive sons is inevitable; however, who has the guts to admit the naked truth? Written by Nick Riganas

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The most important political, post-military junta satire about the nation, the religion, the education, the family.


Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

9 October 1981 (Greece) See more »

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Educate Yourself My Son See more »

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The movie was screened between 1981-1982 and sold 321,571 tickets. It came 1st out of 46 movies. See more »

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Historic political conflicts and a requiem of a dying Greek bucolic era, projected on the life of an old-fashioned School master
28 December 2006 | by kanenasaliosaSee all my reviews

The theme: a windowed and old-fashioned School master is trying to survive by repeating the stories of glorious times of his nation. He represents the right-wing and faithful in the pre-1981 Greek state that find difficult to adjust and accept the failures of the representatives in achieving a well and democratically governed "Politia" (state).

He tries to establish an idealized world to defend him from what is in reality a psychological wreck: he remarries a colleague and holds on the idea that his first son who studies in Europe will one day return and fulfill his dreams (the country recognizing his own values and ideology via the success of his first son).

The conflict of the era, the suppressed (for almost 30 years) recognition of the left-wing supporters in the modern Greek history and the need for changes in the educational (and social) system are represented through two strong events: the love of his unsuccessful second son with a co-student of communist origin and the dramatic return of the well educated but unemployed first son.

For a Greek viewer the story would have been more realistic if it had taken place a decade prior to the date that it was released. It is expected that this movie had played a different role at that time (1981: the same year that the socialists came in power in Greece)compared to the experiences of a modern young viewer. The film is in great part outdated and it requires very good knowledge of the Balkan and Greek political realities. It lacks in objectivity in many dialogs and it clearly uses generalizations for some historic events e.g. argues the role of the greekorthodox church (claiming a negative role) for the whole last 2 centuries based on individual experiences of the heroes etc.

Good points for the modern and young Greek viewer: 1. The same questions are still not answered regarding the future of the qualified unemployed Greek scientists. 2. The traditional Greek anankastic and over-protective behavior of the father, who will go to extreme to provide education for his children but at the same time will go to extreme to save their "face", a social interpretation of his own "face" in the small Greek society.

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