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Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow (2004)

Trilogia: To livadi pou dakryzei (original title)
This is the first film of Theo Angelopoulos' trilogy. The story starts in 1919 with some greek refugees from Odessa arriving somewhere near Thessaloniki. Among these people are two small ... See full summary »

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Theodoros Angelopoulos (story), Theodoros Angelopoulos (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandra Aidini ... Eleni
Nikos Poursanidis ... Alexis
Giorgos Armenis Giorgos Armenis ... Nikos
Vasilis Kolovos ... Spyros
Eva Kotamanidou ... Kassandra
Toula Stathopoulou ... Woman in the Coffee House
Thalia Argyriou ... Danai
Smaro Gaitanidou
Mihalis Giannatos ... Zisis
Grigoris Evangelatos ... Teacher
Aliki Kamineli
Andromahi Hrysomalli
Alex Moukanos
Dimitris Kolovos
Thodoros Teknetzidis
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Storyline

This is the first film of Theo Angelopoulos' trilogy. The story starts in 1919 with some greek refugees from Odessa arriving somewhere near Thessaloniki. Among these people are two small kids, Alexis and Eleni. Eleni is an orphan and she is also taken care by Alexis' family. The refugees build a small village somewhere near a river and we watch as the kids grow up and fall in love. But difficult times of dictatorship and war are coming... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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refugee | river | village | 1940s | 1930s | See All (35) »

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

Greece | France | Italy | Germany

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

20 February 2004 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Eleni See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€29,250 (Italy), 14 March 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,015, 18 September 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,514, 5 February 2006
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

One of the key influences in the film being made was the death of Theodoros Angelopoulos's mother in 1998. Her life had spanned virtually the entire century so he wanted to make a film that did the same. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Why Is the Meadow Weeping, Mr. Angelopoulos? (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Eimai erotevmenos me ta matia sou
Lyrics by Kostas Kofiniotis
Composed by Yiannis Vellas
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History concepted in a Tragic way
5 July 2004 | by nefelagertisSee all my reviews

Angelopoulos again makes the most of an intellectual way of cinema, which is though full of poetry and with the stain of compassion. History and human relationships are emphasized through the symbolic order of ancient Greek tragedy and that is what makes the film have a more "heavy" character, which makes it a little harder to follow than a usual Hollywood production- do not misjudge me, I love it too. As long as it concerns the scenario the modern history of Greece becomes only the environment in which the man wrecks along with his fate. Angelopoulos recons the mechanizations of History upon man and tries to make a clear statement upon it. The film itself is the most mature of the Greek director and has all his personal characteristics bound together in an excellent work!


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