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Plato's Academy (2009)

Akadimia Platonos (original title)
A Greek shopkeeper discovers something about his family's past when his mother embraces an Albanian worker.

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Filippos Tsitos
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Cast

Credited cast:
Antonis Kafetzopoulos Antonis Kafetzopoulos ... Stavros
Anastasis Kozdine Anastasis Kozdine ... Marenglen
Titika Sarigouli ... Harikleia
Giorgos Souxes ... Nikos
Kostas Koronaios Kostas Koronaios ... Argyris
Panagiotis Stamatakis Panagiotis Stamatakis ... Thymios
Maria Zorba Maria Zorba ... Dina
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Platonas Brakoulias Platonas Brakoulias
Maria Stefou Maria Stefou
Konstadina Tzortzi Konstadina Tzortzi
Nikos Zoiopoulos
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Storyline

Stavros, a Greek shopkeeper cares for his aging mother after a stroke. Pity that his worst fears slowly are realized: he might be Albanian instead of Greek! Feeding these fears are his mother's lapses into Albanian language, the disconcerting appearance of an Albanian brother of whom he was unaware, and his neighbor's dog who only barks at Albanians. Stavros and his "brother" gradually reach a tenuous rapprochement even as his Greek neighbors begin to shun him. The old lady's funeral offers opportunities for conflict and resolution in Stavros' tight-knit enclave even as the community rapidly changes around them. Written by Mediavilla

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How can you throw out the stranger, when he hides inside you?

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Greece | Germany

Language:

Greek | Albanian | German

Release Date:

15 October 2009 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

100% grec See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$612,649
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Nikos: Let it play!
Stavros: I can't stand it.
Nikos: This is music too!
Stavros: It's not the same thing!
Nikos: Why not?
Stavros: Rock music isn't just music! It's a concept. It's an ideology. A way of living! - Exactly! A way of living.
Nikos: What kind of living?
Argyris: He doesn't get it, man.
Stavros: When you go to those bars, what do you do?
Nikos: What do I do?
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Satirical insight in the Greek way of living, and their attitude against foreigners
17 December 2011 | by JvH48See all my reviews

I saw this film at Noordelijk Filmfestival 2011 (in Leeuwarden, province of Friesland NL). Reading about Greece almost daily in our newspapers, each film about that country will be watched through subjective eyes. Particularly in this case, we cannot overlook the twofold (!) satirical elements embedded in the story. Firstly, we see how some Greek people live and spend their time, doing not very much. Even worse, they seem not to worry about that. Secondly, we see the gradual invasion of Albanian and Chinese people, apparently enterprising and busy with useful work. The discrepancy cannot be demonstrated better. However, it may possibly be construed as painful for those in Greece who really pull their weight.

On the other hand, though tempting it may be, my inclination to see a connection with today's economic crisis in the EU, may not be the main intention of the film makers. It is rather an open invitation to consider it applicable to life in Greece in general. I have that from a trustworthy source: An introductory speech by the director's wife (who happened to be here for another film), emphasized that the satirical elements applied to years before the current crisis as well.

There is no useful purpose in condensing the story here in a few sentences. Several complications form the core of the plot, causing surprising things to happen throughout the film. Many hilarious scenes make up an additional substance that succeeds in keeping our attention. Even those not interested in politics or social-economics, can watch and appreciate this film on other merits.

It may seem a bit long to take 103 minutes for the story to develop, but relevant scenes are distributed evenly and leave the intended impression. Anyway, the quiet tempo is appropriate for the Greek way of living, as showcased here very explicitly. An ingeniously constructed script, thanks to the mentally retarded mother who suddenly displays Albanian roots, provides for a strong story line. She is the unwilling cause that surprising things keep happening, without her mental state leading to uncomfortable moments for us viewers.

All in all, the insight it gave in the Greek way of living, be it intentionally satirical or not, confirmed suspicions we had all along. Same can be said about the visible presence of Chinese and Albanian people, with an apparently very different attitude against work. In the end, everything seems back to normal as far as the four neighbors are concerned. Or can it be that the past is not fully restored, and that some doubts remain? All things considered (script, acting, etc) I found enough reason to give a maximum score for the audience award when leaving the theater.


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