A, an American film director of Greek ancestry, is making a film that tells his story and the story of his parents. It is a tale that unfolds in Italy, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, Canada ... See full summary »

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Theodoros Angelopoulos, Tonino Guerra (story consultant) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willem Dafoe ... A
Bruno Ganz ... Jacob
Michel Piccoli ... Spyros
Irène Jacob ... Eleni (as Irene Jacob)
Christiane Paul ... Helga
Kostas Apostolidis ... Secretary
Tiziana Pfiffner ... Young Eleni
Alexandros Mylonas ... Man in the Train
Norman Mozzato ... Hotel Manager
Reni Pittaki ... Composer
Alessia Franchin ... A's Secretary (as Alessia Franchini)
Valentina Carnelutti ... Empfangschefin
Chantel Brathwaite ... Young Eleni's Friend
Herbert Meurer ... Doctor
Sviatoslav Yshakov Sviatoslav Yshakov ... Grandfather
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A, an American film director of Greek ancestry, is making a film that tells his story and the story of his parents. It is a tale that unfolds in Italy, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, Canada and the USA. The main character is Eleni, who is claimed and claims the absoluteness of love. At the same time the film is a long journey into the vast history and the events of the last fifty years that left their mark on the 20th century. The characters in the film move as though in a dream. The dust of time confuses memories. A searches for them and experiences them in the present. Written by Theo Angelopoulos

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This was the last movie he directed before his death in 2012. See more »

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Hard watch
9 June 2009 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

I haven't seen the previous movie, which this one follows. But I don't think that it matters that much. This movie with a heavy burden is really hard to swallow. The German actor who plays along William Dafoe said so himself. At the Berlinale screening he came up after the movie and stated (more or less, this is not an exact quote): "It is my first time watching this movie, too. I have to admit it's pretty heavy and hard to watch!"

Which made me admire the actor even more (he also played "Hitler" in the movie "Downfall"). And considering the ending of this movie is really lyrical and aspirational, it's almost a shame, that I really had to fight myself during other parts of the movie. It's an odd movie, which definitely will strike a nerve with the viewer. The only question is, will it be an enjoyable enough experience or not? I can't answer that for you, but it's slow pace and a storyline that is anything but linear, will confuse and appall more people than it will attract


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Release Date:

12 February 2009 (Greece) See more »

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