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4 Black Suits (2010)

4 mavra kostoumia (original title)
Four bankrupt gravediggers organize their final funeral that will give them the opportunity to change their lives by leaving the profession - which they originally started out as a temporary gainful solution, but stayed in this for life.

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Renos Haralambidis
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Cast overview:
Renos Haralambidis ... Makis
Giannis Zouganelis ... Kiriakos
Takis Spyridakis ... Kosmas
Alkis Panagiotidis ... Babis
Dimitris Poulikakos ... Lawyer
Dimitris Verykios Dimitris Verykios ... Policeman
Nikos Katis Nikos Katis
Anastasios Vasiliou Anastasios Vasiliou
Titika Sarigouli
Nikos Kourouklis Nikos Kourouklis ... Bodyguard
Babis Spanos Babis Spanos ... Monk
Eleana Karandinou Eleana Karandinou
Jenny Diagoupi Jenny Diagoupi
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Caught in a vicious circle of deceitful promises, unfulfilled dreams, and ever-growing debts, Makis the Messiah--a failed undertaker and reckless horse-racing gambler--is entrusted with a profitable but time-sensitive task. In high hopes of wearing their jet-black suits one last time, Makis, along with a trio of down-and-out pallbearers--the freshly released from jail, Kosmas; the unsuccessful thespian, Kiriakos, and the suave alcoholic, Babis--embark on a long journey to deliver the body of a mysterious Greek expatriate to its final destination. However, there is a catch: the mismatched quartet must carry the heavy coffin from the Port of Piraeus to Boeotia on foot. Now, against the backdrop of endless kilometres of scorching tarmac and the sun-kissed countryside, the four men aspire to wipe the slate clean, dreaming of a hefty reward. But, in this Odyssey of self-awareness, only love is mightier than death. Will the four black suits learn a thing or two about life itself? Written by Nick Riganas

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Comedy

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Wonderful Greek comedy of 4 guys carrying a coffin over a hundred miles
1 May 2015 | by oh-odetteSee all my reviews

FOUR BLACK SUITS (2010) The Marx Brothers meet Aristophanes in Renos Haralambidis' hilarious and touching buddy-on the road comedy as four men take the job of wearing dark suits and carrying a coffin from Athens on foot according to the corpse's will to deliver him to his village several hundred kilometers in the countryside in hopes that they will be well paid by his inheritance.

Haralambidis who has written, directed and stars in this engaging odyssey from Athens, then through highways followed by dirt roads, open fields and coastal paths, pulls on the talents of some of Greece's best comic actors with Yannis Zouganelis playing a frustrated Shakespearian actor, Takis Spiridakis playing an ex-con just released from prison and Alkis Panagiotidis, an aging man with a troubled past.

Haralambidis plays Makis, the leader of the group as the son of a funeral company that is going out of business who wants to turn their journey into the "Guinness book of world records for the longest walk in the world with a coffin." But one misadventure after another unfolds as we get to know each character's troubled past, leading Makis to feel he will become "a joke around the cemeteries."

But then a totally engaging spirit of carnival sweeps into their lives as they begin to accept what this journey has given them including an unexpected friendship with, yes, the corpse and his girlfriend of decades before.

If Zorba the Greek (1964) calls on the uplifting power of dancing in the face of disasters, Haralambidis pulls together a group dance sequence that liberates and transforms every character despite all personal misfortunes! Comedy and death have crossed paths before in memorable films such as Mike Newell's Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and Frank Oz's Death At a Funeral (2007), and Haralambidis' Four Black Suits certainly holds its own in such a comic gathering. This is contemporary independent Greek film comedy at its best!


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Country:

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Greek

Release Date:

25 March 2010 (Greece) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Piraeus, Greece See more »

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$295,186
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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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