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The King (2002)

O vasilias (original title)
A former drug addict gets a new lease of life in his grandfather's dilapidated rural estate, only to face the closed community's unwritten laws. Now, all that's needed is a flaming catalyst. Who can stop the advent of hell on New Paradise?

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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 ... Mihalis (as Konstadinos Kalokairinos)
Antonis Alexiou
Periklis Lianos ... Thanasis
Karafil Shena Karafil Shena ... Alberto
Alexia Veronikiati Alexia Veronikiati ... Angeliki
Yannis Zouganelis ... Giannis
Anna Vagena Anna Vagena ... Athina
Dimitra Hatoupi Dimitra Hatoupi ... District Attorney
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Like a fish out of water, Vagelis--a former drug addict in his mid-thirties who yearns for deliverance and a big change in his life--finds himself stranded in a faceless and cruel Athens, after five long years of incarceration. Nearly brought to his knees, Vagelis' only way out lies in his grandfather's dilapidated rural estate somewhere in a God-forsaken Peloponnesian village; however, fresh starts are always painful, especially when you are a stranger in a strange land. But, once a pariah, always a pariah, and Vagelis will soon have to come face to face with the closed community's unwritten laws, as a simmering tension threatens to finally boil over. Now, all that's needed is a flaming catalyst--and then--nothing can stop the advent of hell on New Paradise. In the end, just how easily can a king lose his kingdom? Written by Nick Riganas

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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 »

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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 »

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Vangelis Farmakoris: Being banished from a place is very insulting...
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anti-hero celebration
15 August 2005 | by fifo35See all my reviews

the king in this film is what can be called here in Greece freak, marginal misfit and other words with negative connotations, but in the film is clearly the vehicle of the director to criticize the provincial mentality of the people and Greece by extension. the director must have a leftist ideology or anti-establishment and doesn't hesitate to show it in his films, in APONTES is more clearly stated than in VASILIAS.My problem with his film-making is that he tries to teach me a lesson(if you succumb to the ruling class ideology you become an a*****e or a person that attracts his despise) i don't disagree with him but thanks for the lesson i already had it.Nevertheless although the film gets a little boring and predictable after a while, but is still worth seeing for the indigenous population who is bombarded by worse films in the multiplex. better to see a clichéd old fashioned anti hero drama than some junk mainly from the states.


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Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

28 February 2003 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

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