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A Blast (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 27 November 2014 (Greece)
Against the backdrop of an ongoing socio-economic collapse, a disillusioned mother of three is trapped in a vicious circle of terrible decisions and sharply ruthless actions. What can drive a perfectly normal individual to great extremes?

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Syllas Tzoumerkas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angeliki Papoulia ... Maria / Wife (as Aggeliki Papoulia)
Basile Doganis Basile Doganis ... Yannis / Husband (as Vassilis Doganis)
Maria Filini ... Gogo / Maria's sister
Themis Bazaka ... Mother
Giorgos Biniaris ... Father
Makis Papadimitriou ... Costas / Gogo's husband (as Efthymis Papadimitriou)
Eleni Karagiorgi Eleni Karagiorgi ... Niki
Christoph Berlet Christoph Berlet ... Joy
Haris Attonis Haris Attonis ... Clerk
Nikolas Piperas Nikolas Piperas ... Christos
Manoussos Gakilazos Manoussos Gakilazos ... Navy officer
Alkis Zoupas Alkis Zoupas ... Navy soldier's father
Marso Fili Marso Fili ... Navy soldier's mother
Konstadinos Voudouris Konstadinos Voudouris ... Navy soldier
Vassia Bakakou Vassia Bakakou ... Katia
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Storyline

Running away on the highway, Maria is alone in her roaring SUV. Behind her, fire and a case full of money. In front of her, the hopeless vastness of the motorway. Only a day before she was a caring mother, a loving wife, a responsible daughter. Today she has gone rogue. Written by Homemade Films

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Drama | Thriller

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Language:

Greek | English | German

Release Date:

27 November 2014 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

I ekrixi See more »

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Athens, Greece See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Papoulia, Angeliki performed Maria's monologue at the women's group in a single shot. Screenwriters Tzoumerkas, Syllas and Boudali, Youla say this was the first page of script they ever wrote for the film. See more »

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Gogo: Costas says we became fascist, 'cause we became nouveaux-pauvres.
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Lacking in substance
11 December 2015 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Lacking in substance.

Told through a series of flashbacks, and odd cuts, this movie is about a woman who suddenly just drives out down the highway, seemingly running away from something. We see her relationship with her husband - how they met, fell in love, had kids and the trials and tribulations of their marriage. We also see the woman's relationship with her parents (and the issues they bring) and with her sister.

Surely enough of a kernel around which to fashion an emotional and interesting story. Unfortunately, there isn't much more to the story. There's really not much meat on the bones here. Important details are missing, things just seem to happen for no rhyme or reason, some details are provided about characters but then these details ultimately, have no bearing on the story, themes and sub- plots are introduced but are ultimately very underdeveloped or are purely red herrings. All this while told through random, not- necessarily-in-chronological-order flashbacks.

It is rare that a movie feels over-edited, but this a definite case of that. The movie should have been at least 30 minutes longer, which would have been easily doable and watchable - the finished product is only 83 minutes long!

Disappointing.


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