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Following his father's death, Nikos leaves the provinces to work in Athens guarding his brutish uncle's dogs. Nikos finds the dynamic of his relationship with his uncle changing when his uncle's wife draws closer to him.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Stathis Stamoulakatos ... Nikos
Vangelis Mourikis ... Alekos
Maria Kallimani ... Gogo
Giannis Voulgarakis ... Nikos' friend
Yannis Anastasakis ... Drunk man
Nikol Drizi Nikol Drizi ... Nikos' girl
Konstantinos Siradakis ... Waiter (as Kostas Syradakis)
Themis Angelopoulos Themis Angelopoulos ... Liquor store thief
Costas Fylaktidis Costas Fylaktidis ... Liquor store thief
Ioakim Mylonas Ioakim Mylonas ... Liquor store thief
Danis Aptosoglou Danis Aptosoglou ... Pro-po patron
Manolis Fylaktidis Manolis Fylaktidis ... Pro-po patron
Regina Litsi Regina Litsi ... Pro-po patron
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Simela Athanasiadou Simela Athanasiadou ... Woman in bar A'
Wendy Betelges Wendy Betelges ... Female Doberman
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Storyline

Spending his days indolently somewhere in the Greek province, devoid of dreams and ambitions, Nikos has embraced a life without future. Under those circumstances, soon after the death of his father, Alekos, his uncle, will urge him to leave the village's miserable life to settle in with him in Athens, offering food and shelter in return for an uninteresting, yet easy job. As a result, Nikos will find himself isolated in a remote and drab Athenian suburb without friends or interests, where the frail balance between his uncle, his lustful aunt and himself will be inevitably disrupted with unforeseen and dreadful consequences. Written by Nick Riganas

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Let's Make Something Beautiful!

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Cyprus | Greece

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Greek

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4 November 2010 (Greece) See more »

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Cuţitarul See more »

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Athens, Greece See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Nikos: Dead people don't fuck, don't come, don't have children.
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Yet another problematic realism
12 January 2018 | by sakarkralSee all my reviews

Boredom, the feeling of emptiness, lack of everyday life aesthetics, surroundedness by one-dimensional people etc are the common characteristics of the "realist" movies about lumpen working class. And they are all cursed with the same drawback: They all give the impression that someone put some cameras around and asked these working class people to live their daily lives as normal, and just because these people were aware of the cameras they were reluctant to show their very reality and in the end they performed what was expected from them. This is what makes an average realist movie even worse than a bad documentary: Realism tries to mimic the reality but reproduces the personal observations of the screenwriter and the director, while the documentaries have their own techniques to grasp what cannot be seen by a banal observation.

Good realist movies overcome these drawback in several ways: They tend to show the variation instead of the generalizable, they raise questions on behalf of the characters or the viewers, they even dare to suggest strategies to them.

And unfortunately this is not a good realist movie. It's a mere representation of reality and its final impression on the viewers is nothing but a reproduction of their prior opinions.


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