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God Loves Caviar is the compelling story of IOANNIS VARVAKIS, and his journey from humble Greek pirate to international caviar millionaire, with the ear of Catherine the Great of Russia. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Sebastian Koch ... Varvakis
Evgeniy Stychkin ... Ivan
Juan Diego Botto ... Lefentarios
Olga Sutulova ... Helena
John Cleese ... McCormick
Catherine Deneuve ... Empress Catherine II of Russia
Akis Sakellariou ... Kimon
Alexandra Sakelaropoulou ... Varvakis' Mother
Fotini Baxevani
Lakis Lazopoulos ... Fisherman of God
Pavlos Kontoyannidis
Alexandros Mylonas ... Temporary Prime Minister
Giannis Vouros ... Businessman A (as Yannis Vouros)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexis Antonopoulos ... Young Man
Yorgos Charalabidis ... (as George Charalambidis)
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God Loves Caviar is the compelling story of IOANNIS VARVAKIS, and his journey from humble Greek pirate to international caviar millionaire, with the ear of Catherine the Great of Russia. His wealth and power, however, do not give him contentment, and his boundless ambition only brings suffering, until he gives everything away, including himself, in the name of love. This epic tale, based on Varvakis' real life, moves from the Greek island of Psara to the court of Catherine the Great in Russia and the shores of the Caspian Sea, and then back to Greece, a country torn by civil war and the fight for independence, during the Revolution of 1821 against the Ottoman Empire. Written by mike

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caviar | millionaire | greece | patriot | See All (4) »

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Can anyone ever truly be free?


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Country:

Greece | Russia

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Greek | Russian | English

Release Date:

11 October 2012 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Aegina, Greece See more »

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Budget:

€8,000,000 (estimated)
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This caviar tastes fishy
15 October 2012 | by Panos BalaSee all my reviews

The storyline is bland and the pacing slow. The film was confusing even for native Greek so I imagine it would be even more so for the foreign viewers it is supposed to target.

Shallow characters, unimaginative writing and generally bad dialogue. The theological overtones make no sense at all. The viewer is constantly wondering why the main characters are doing what they are doing as there is virtually no character development. Some beautiful photography, however I had the feeling that half the film takes place in one room (the mansion's living room)! Overall a below average film. Reminds me on the one hand of Greek films of a (thangfully) long-gone era where the "deep meanings" and "inner thoughts" of the director were the film's "raison d'etre" and on the other cult patriotic films usually shown on national holidays in Greece.


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