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Apousies (1987)

Greece, early twentieth century. A bourgeois family is on the verge of breaking up. The mother has abandoned the family, and the father, a retired officer, keeps his three daughters as well... See full summary »
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... Eleni
Pemi Zouni ... Maria
Katerina Sarri ... Anna
Nikitas Tsakiroglou ... Captain Mourouzis
Maria Konstadarou
Elena Nathanail
Amalia Giza
Noni Mihailidou
Alexandros Papayannis
Konstantinos Paliatsaras
Nikos Skiadas
Dimitris Papagiannis
Tonis Giakovakis
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Greece, early twentieth century. A bourgeois family is on the verge of breaking up. The mother has abandoned the family, and the father, a retired officer, keeps his three daughters as well as the illegitimate son of the oldest daughter confined in the house. After his death, the three sisters live through their personal drama, as they meet a captain of the sanitation service, Mourouzis. The eldest, Eleni, imbued with the morals of the time and closely identifying with her father, tries to take his place. The middle one, Maria, who represents rebellion, goes off with Mourouzis, while the youngest, Anna, skating on thin ice through all this, is completely destroyed. Written by Hugo Max

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October 1987 (Greece)  »

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Absences  »

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Infinite Sadness
29 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Absences (Apousies) is a spare, claustrophobic, Bergman-esque study of an emotionally constipated family on the brink of dissolution. Co-written, co-produced and directed by Giorgos Katakouzinos (1943-2013), known primarily for his controversial 1982 hit, Angel, reportedly the first openly gay Greek film, this allegorical story examines the dormant existence of three sisters living alone on the estate of their recently deceased father. Set on the eve of the First World War, the film somberly depicts the last vestiges of a decayed and decadent society—embodied by the father's lavish, imprudent lifestyle, whose resulting financial, moral and spiritual burden has fractured the psyches of those forced to bear it. This moving drama benefits greatly from Stamatis Spanoudakis's soulful score and Tassos Alexakis's gracefully intimate photography, which help expose its underlying core of sadness and regret.


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