Summer 1969. Dictatorship. In a small country town, young Achileas breaks his leg by falling off the yard wall of the local cinema. He wanted to see Brigit Bardo naked... However, during ...
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Summer 1969. Dictatorship. In a small country town, young Achileas breaks his leg by falling off the yard wall of the local cinema. He wanted to see Brigit Bardo naked... However, during his visit to the city to treat his broken leg, for the first time in his life he sees a television! The program informs about the launching of Apollo to the moon. The idea of the launching becomes Achileas' obsession and along with his friends they collect money, in order to purchase a TV set. However, soon, the dilemma becomes imperative. Will they buy a television or "visit" all together Uranya in order to be taught the secrets of love? The situation gets even more complicated when the authorities arrest Achileas' father along with the father of a good friend in order to intimidate others: Spiros Agnew, who will visit Greece, intends to visit the small country town as well and so everything must show quiet and "friendly" to the regime... Achileas and his friends will not give up that easy... In ...Written by
I'm still not sure what I was meant to take away from this film
Part coming of age, part social comedy, part nostalgia fest, part farce.... but ultimately unsatisfying. So why was a stunningly beautiful woman living in a hut by the sea? And if she is a 'lady of the night' as seems likely, why does she seem to specialize in young teenage boys as clients? And now I think about it, how come no-one in the town is the slightest bit offended by her presence and why don't any of the men in town use her services.... how does she make any money? Certainly not from horny young boys buying her time with their pocket money! And there's a crashed plane close to the village - great for the kids to play in but is that it? No back story or explanation and no real connection to the narrative? Maybe the woman by the sea was the pilot and now she's stranded there.... who knows! And the sudden entry of the crazy investigator.... who is he and is he meant to be funny? Do you need to know recent Greek history to understand? And the regular fat jokes left me feeling pretty uncomfortable and I'm not even that PC to be honest!
I stuck it out to the end just to see what happened but if this is a classic of Greek cinema, heaven help Greek cinema! I mean, it's not really dreadful.... but I was left wondering who was supposed to enjoy this and why? I actually want more people to watch it so they can give their opinions.... I'd be genuinely interested, but for me it was a waste of time.
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