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Kinetta (2005)

At a Greek hotel in the off-season, a chambermaid, a man obsessed with BMW cars, and a photo-store clerk attempt to film and photograph various badly re-enacted struggles between a man and a woman.

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Yorgos Lanthimos
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Cast

Credited cast:
Evangelia Randou ... Chambermaid
Aris Servetalis ... Photo-store clerk
Costas Xikominos
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Babis Galiatsatos Babis Galiatsatos ... Ypastinomos (as Babis Galiatsakos)
Ektoras Kaloudis ... Politis Aftokiniton (as Hector Kaloudis)
Vasilis Karaboulas Vasilis Karaboulas ... Plasie Rouhon
Steve Krikris ... Barman
Tina Papanikolaou Tina Papanikolaou ... Nosokoma
Youlika Skafida ... Thima Paralias
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During off-season at the Greek seaside resort of Kinetta, three perfect strangers--a police officer out of uniform with a thing for German luxury cars and Russian women, an eccentric photographer, and a hotel chambermaid--join forces for a rather strange reason: to recreate homicides. Meticulously and with an almost ritualistic approach, the unlikely trio reenact crime scenes of brutal murders, to the point where the boundaries of their own private lives slowly begin to blur. Does this alliance lead somewhere? Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

22 March 2007 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Κινέττα See more »

Filming Locations:

Kinetta, Attica, Greece

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Haos Film,Modiano Inc.,Top Cut See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Mi mou peis tipota
Performed by Jenny Vanou
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Dreadful! Couldn't bear more than 40 minutes of this terrible film!
5 February 2006 | by hmakrinosSee all my reviews

One rarely gets a chance to see a Greek film in Greece, never mind the United States! So, when I found out that the Harvard Film Archive was showing "Kinetta" as part of a new European film series, I ran to see it. The fact that it was in the International Competition section of the 2005 Thessaloniki Film Festival gave me some assurance that it would it be a good film.

Was I wrong! The film opened with a silent montage of scenes that was bewildering. The few of us that were in the audience wondered whether there was a problem with the sound system. There was no problem with the sound system, but it was emblematic of what was wrong with the film. From the soundtrack to the jerky hand-held camera work, there seemed to be no justification for Giorgos Lanthimo's choices. It all seemed to be part of an intellectual exercise that repelled the viewer, rather than draw him in to the drama that was unfolding in front of him. Well, if repelling the viewer was Lanthimo's purpose, he was certainly successful! After 10 minutes, I wanted to walk out, but my masochism kept me in my seat for another 30 minutes. Finally, I gave up on the film and left. Another 50 minutes of watching it would have been unbearable. I was sorry not to have been the first to walk out; several others of the dozen or so in the audience preceded me.

While I was trying to give the film a chance to draw me in, I was thinking that in some way it was quite accurate in its depiction of how drab and meaningless life in Greece can be these days. But, it made that point within the first 20 minutes or so. The rest of the film lacked any artistic merit.

Michelangelo Antonioni said in an interview some years ago, that a filmmaker should not be concerned for the entertainment value of his films or be concerned of what the audience will think. I agree with Antonioni, but Lanthimos is definitely not an Antonioni!


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