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O vasilias (2002)

A 35-year old man, just released from jail, decides to make a clean break from the big city and his troubled past. He retreats to the abandoned village his father came from and moves into ... See full summary »


Nikos Grammatikos
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vangelis Mourikis ... Vangelis Farmakoris
Marilita Lambropoulou ... Maria
Minas Hatzisavvas ... Petros Voliotis
Babis Giotopoulos ... Mayor
Vivi Koka Vivi Koka ... Vivika
Tasos Nousias ... Anastasis
Evangelia Adreadaki ... Georgia
Kostas Kalokairinos ... (as Konstadinos Kalokairinos)
Antonis Alexiou Antonis Alexiou
Periklis Lianos ... Thanasis
Karafil Shena Karafil Shena
Alexia Veronikiati Alexia Veronikiati ... Angeliki
Yannis Zouganelis ... Giannis
Anna Vagena Anna Vagena ... Athina
Dimitra Hatoupi Dimitra Hatoupi ... District Attorney


A 35-year old man, just released from jail, decides to make a clean break from the big city and his troubled past. He retreats to the abandoned village his father came from and moves into an old, collapsing house. Alone, far from the bigger village and doing petty jobs to survive, he will strive to find himself once more. Amidst a haze of suspicion and scorn by villagers who treat him an intruder, his past catches up to him in the form of his girlfriend from Athens. Conflict is inescapable Written by Dimitris Karantanis

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Release Date:

28 February 2003 (Greece) See more »

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Król See more »

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Dolby Digital


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In chess matches with Petros, the term 'Zugzwang' arises. It is a term derived from the German words 'zug' (move) and 'zwang' (compulsion, obligation). It describes a situation in chess where a player is in a helpless position. He must move but every move makes his position worse. See more »


When Vangelis first steps into the old house and falls through the floor, he is lit from his left. In the next long shot, the light is from behind him. See more »


Written and Performed by Thanasis Papakonstadinou
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Great fantastic film!
3 March 2005 | by KGB-Greece-PatrasSee all my reviews

Indeed fellow mate from Greece, few Greek films can make such an impression. I don't really give a s##t whether it made a 'blockbuster' success - what I would really like for this film is to be given a chance for an international watching (the DVD i saw has English subtitles option) and that's great because it deserves to be seen outside Greece as well.

An accurate study on the culture and ethics of Greek country, especially that of a small community like a village. All acting is excellent, music also fits the mood great, the plot (based on a real story) is gripping, everything is perfect in this film which has nothing to do with the rest of the wanna-be Greek crap that gets wide distribution.

Grammatikos is a great visionary, his other film I have seen, "Apontes" is also great - but didn't make me the same impression as this did. Add that Giannis Zouganelis (comic legend, but also good actor) is also in it and you got a winner - by any measure - either you're a enthusiastic film buff (arty or not) or your an occasional film-goer, you have to see this great Greek film to appreciate it, and to see that THERE IS Greek cinema that has something to say, if rare.

And yes, there's woman skin for all to see, but fortunately not enough (and not filmed SEXY enough) to make the viewer distract from the true thing.

All thumbs up (hands and feet), easily one of my best Greek films so far!

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