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What If... (2012)

An... (original title)
Under the Athenian night sky, before the silent threat of an imminent socio-economic crisis, a young man goes for a stroll and meets the love of his life. Does fate govern one's existence? What would have happened if he stayed in, instead?

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Christopher Papakaliatis (as Hristoforos Papakaliatis)

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Christopher Papakaliatis (as Hristoforos Papakaliatis)
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Credited cast:
Christopher Papakaliatis ... Dimitris (as Hristoforos Papakaliatis)
Marina Kalogirou ... Hristina
Giorgos Konstadinou ... Antonakis Kokovikos
Maro Kodou Maro Kodou ... Elenitsa Kokovikou
Maria Solomou ... Maria
Fanis Mouratidis ... Giorgos
Akilas Karazisis ... Panagiotis
Takis Spyridakis ... Spyros
Tasos Iordanidis ... Giannis
Themis Bazaka ... Dimitris' Mother
Vassilis Haralambopoulos ... Vasilis (as Vassilis Charalambopoulos)
Jackie ... Monaxia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ioli Angelopoulou Ioli Angelopoulou ... Eleni (3 years old)
Dimitra Bithara Dimitra Bithara ... Woman
Anthi Evelina Anthi Evelina ... Eleni (8 years old)
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Athens, Greece, The age of Economic crisis. Demetris is a highly independent man, living a normal life. A confirmed bachelor at the age of 33! When the moment arrives, his choice will change everything. His roommate is a female German Shepherd called Lonesome. One night, Lonesome wants to be taken out. Demetris tries to change her mind but Lonesome insists Its at this moment that he comes to a decision. If Demetris goes out he will meet Christina, the love of his life. If he stays in, he will not meet her. Does true love exist? What is the impact of a severe economic crisis on people and how can the crisis destroy a couple? One story shown from two different angles. Written by Anonymous

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A love story in a changing world.

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

The movie uses an old couple, Eleni and Antonis (Maro Kontou and Giorgos Konstantinou) as narrators. This same old couple where the stars in the 1965 movie "the woman must fear the man" , a classic Greek movie. See more »

Connections

Features And the Woman Shall Fear Her Husband (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Light
Written by Irene Skylakaki & Evripidis Zemenidis
Performed by Irene Skylakaki
Antart Productions
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A Great Parallel Story
2 December 2012 | by misel982001See all my reviews

Christoforos Papakaliatis manages, in the darkest days of the Greek cinema, to deliver a great film that succeeds in touching the most sensitive side of the audience. Although the idea is simple and the resources used on it are minimum, yet the result is great. The acting is very good from all the actors participating and the story focuses on the lives of two young men (Dimitris and Christina) who meet in two parallel universes under different circumstances. In the first story their love is fierce and undeniable, yet they experience problems because of the economic crisis and these have an impact on them. But what *IF* they were met under different circumstances?

Papakaliatis directs this film with nerve and great talent using minimum resources but the result is magnificent. The stories take place in Athens' oldest area, Plaka and they are connected to an old film of the '60s titled "I Gini na Fovite ton Andra" which is an all time classic of the Greek Cinema. This genius connection further assists in the atmosphere and the emotional response of the audience to the protagonists' lives. Overall, this is a great film and a bright shine in the dark period of extremely low quality productions we currently live in.


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Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

29 November 2012 (Greece) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece

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$4,301,754
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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