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Strella (2009)

Yorgos is released from prison after 14 years of incarceration for a murder he committed. He meets Strella, a young transsexual sex worker. They spend the night together and soon they fall in love. But the past is catching up with Yorgos.

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Panos H. Koutras
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Credited cast:
Mina Orfanou ... Strella
Yannis Kokiasmenos ... Giorgos Mihalopoulos
Minos Theoharis ... Alex
Argyris Kavidas ... Nikos
Akis Ioannou Akis Ioannou ... Wilma
Konstantinos Siradakis ... Antonis (as Kostas Seiradakis)
Konstadinos Aspiotis Konstadinos Aspiotis ... Strella's Client
Mania Lembesi Mania Lembesi ... Singer
Ivan Svitailo ... Yuri
Mani Toumbou Mani Toumbou ... Kid
Giorgos Mazis ... Kouloukousis
Betty Vakalidou ... Mary
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tasos Antoniou ... Tenant
Loukas Arvanitidis Loukas Arvanitidis ... Prison Employee
Andreas Asimakopoulos Andreas Asimakopoulos ... Koukles Club Patron
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Yorgos is released from prison after 14 years of incarceration for a murder he committed in his small Greek village. He spends his first night out in a cheap downtown hotel in Athens. There he meets Strella, a young transsexual sex worker. They spend the night together and soon they fall in love. But the past is catching up with Yorgos. With Strella on his side he will have to find a new way out. Written by Anonymous

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Mina Orfanou, the lead actress of the film is a real life transsexual. This is her first appearance in film. See more »

Soundtracks

Mia gynaika mono xerei
Music by Nikos Kallinis & Kostas Logothetidis
Lyrics by Kostas Logothetidis
Performed by Kaiti Grey
Courtesy of FM Records
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Surprisingly good
15 January 2011 | by aierobamwnSee all my reviews

I never expected to see a movie in Greece about a transsexual, let alone one that was played by a real transsexual woman. That alone would have been a big deal for me. Thankfully though, there is definitely more to it. This is not a movie about being trans-gendered (or about being an ex convict for that matter), this is a movie about people seeking love in any form, about people trying to make a new start, re-defining themselves and their lives and living not according to stereotypes or social rules and notions as to what "is" right and wrong, but according to their own morality and their sense of what "feels" right and wrong. I loved the direct manner in which the "trans" issue was tackled with, I was taken with the tenderness of the love story - and of course there is that one nude scene that was really moving, honest, courageous, and magical at once. Granted, the plot twist did make me cringe a little bit, it felt somewhat "out there" and at this one instance I was like "this is at the verge of soapiness" but fortunately, it did not cross that line and the ending really did it for me after all. It is not a masterpiece, but it is a good movie, one that stands out from the bunch. Plus, Mina Orfanou is really good, especially considering she is an amateur, she captures the whole essence of the character with her performance, being charming, loving, rough and frustrated all at once.


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Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek | Russian

Release Date:

17 December 2009 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

A Woman's Way See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »

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$43,818
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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