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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 »

Director:

Theodoros Angelopoulos (as Thodoros Angelopoulos)

Writers:

Theodoros Angelopoulos (idea) (as Thodoros Angelopoulos), Theodoros Angelopoulos (screenplay) (as Thodoros Angelopoulos) | 3 more credits »
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... Nondas
Thodoros Teknetzidis
Dimitris Kolovos
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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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Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

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Trivia

The first in a proposed trilogy about the history of modern Greece which Theodoros Angelopoulos has vowed will be his final films. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Thanatos, Drunk (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Gia sena
Lyrics by Christos Giannakopoulos
Composed by Mihalis Souyoul
Performed by Angela Lykiardopoulou
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Angelopoulos can do no wrong
8 January 2007 | by zetesSee all my reviews

I think anyone familiar with Angelopoulos knows what to expect with his films: long, drawn out, meticulously planned shots that slowly scan environments, with the image composed of not only the foreground but hundreds of yards into the background. I guess some are not impressed with the director's style, but that really astounds me. I definitely see the man as a master of his medium, and The Weeping Meadow is as good as any of his other films – every one I've seen so far is a masterpiece or close to it. This film has a lot in common with the director's first big success, The Traveling Players. It follows a little girl, Eleni, from 1919 to the time of the Greek Civil War, at the end of WWII. And, as the title implies, it's a great tragedy. There is a lot of weeping. It may be long and slow, but it's always gripping. Angelopoulos' imagery is second to none in modern cinema. There are just so many jaw-dropping sequences. My favorite was the one where the camera explored its way through a maze of bed sheets drying on clotheslines, discovering various musicians hidden within. It's not a complaint, per se, but if you're going to watch the film beware of its chronological ellipses. The film can skip ahead years in just a second, when the pace usually makes each second feel like years (in a good way!). I hope New Yorker video, or some other company, digs up the Angelopoulos films that have been unavailable so far, and puts The Traveling Players on DVD, as well.


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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:

Florina, Greece See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,015, 18 September 2005

Gross USA:

$24,966

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,424
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DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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