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Adults in the Room (2019)

Greece in 2015: the economy is in tatters and the country is on the verge of bankruptcy. A new government rebels against the EU's iron-fisted rule and inspires millions of Europeans. Based on the political memoirs of Yanis Varoufakis.




Yanis Varoufakis (book), Costa-Gavras (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christos Loulis ... Yannis
Alexandros Bourdoumis Alexandros Bourdoumis ... Alexis
Ulrich Tukur ... Wolfgang
Daan Schuurmans ... Jeroen
Christos Stergioglou ... Sakis
Dimitris Tarloou ... Efklis (as Dimitris Tarlow)
Josiane Pinson Josiane Pinson ... Christine
Cornelius Obonya ... Wims
Vincent Nemeth Vincent Nemeth ... Michel
Aurélien Recoing ... Pierre
Alexandros Logothetis ... Manos
Thanos Tokakis ... Yorgos
Themis Panou ... Siagas
George Lenz ... Troika Leader
Maria Protopappa ... Elena


Provides an extraordinary account of low cunning at the heart of Greece's 2015 financial bailout. The more defiant the left-wing Syriza government became, the more it was met with intimidation from some or duplicitous reassurance from others. Written by Ulf Kjel Gür

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Yanis Varoufakis chose the title ironically from a quote by Christine Lagarde after the Eurogroup meeting on Greek debt in June 2015: "For the moment we are short of a dialogue, the key emergency is to restore the dialogue with adults in the room." See more »

Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, most of the depicted personalities are cited only with their first name : "Yanis", "Alexis", "Wolfgang", "Christine", "Emmanuel".... One notable difference is Jean-Claude Junkers who is cited as "Junkers". See more »


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A nice theatrical representation of the 2015 political events from Varoufakis point of view, with some imperfections.
9 October 2019 | by nick_sotiropoulosSee all my reviews

As far as the real events, i watched what I was expecting even me not having read Varoufakis's book. So almost nothing special here, no surprise. So, despite the "outsider's" role of Varoufakis, expected some more "insider's" information.

I liked the performance of almost all characters. They are totally in line with the actual person's image to the public, in a dramatic and brutal realistic way together. I would say it is Gavras style with a bit of Nikos Perakis'...

I liked the photography. Lighting and colors are top notch in bright and dark scenes. Especially the darks in Varoufakis' house or the semi-lighted scene when Varoufakis speeks to british bankers. Composition and perspective are also excellent. However, there was some lens distortion in the wide internal shots that could have been avoided. DOPs have managed this decades ago shooting film, so no excuse have them shooting digital nowadays, except it was a choice not a compromise, however i can see no reason for this in those particular shots.

As far as the screenplay and editing. Did not like it very much as a whole. Nice cuts, fluid scenes, but many important events are a bit squeezed at the end. Like the editor suddenly realised that he aproached the movie's time limit and had to exclude takes, or the producers suddenly run out of money. Maybe that is how Varoufakis book ends? Do not know, but it is a movie not a book and I believe great Costas Gabras could have done better here. Final documentary titles also seem to try and fill this gap, with no success in my opinion.

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Release Date:

3 October 2019 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

A puertas cerradas See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »


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EUR6,580,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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