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The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea (2019)

To thavma tis thalassas ton Sargasson (original title)
In a small eel-farming town in the west of Greece, two women live solitary lives while dreaming of getting away. Elisabeth is a once-ambitious policewoman forced to relocate from Athens ten... See full summary »


Syllas Tzoumerkas


Youla Boudali (as Gioula Boudali), Syllas Tzoumerkas
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angeliki Papoulia ... Elisabeth
Youla Boudali Youla Boudali ... Rita (as Gioula Boudali)
Hristos Passalis ... Manolis
Argyris Xafis ... Vassilis
Thanasis Dovris Thanasis Dovris ... Michalis
Laertis Malkotsis Laertis Malkotsis ... Andreas
Maria Filini ... Axel
Michalis Kimonas Michalis Kimonas ... Vangelis
Christian Culbida Christian Culbida ... Dimitris
Thanos Tokakis ... Priest
Laertis Vasiliou ... Grigoris
Katerina Helmy ... Mother
Alkistis Poulopoulou Alkistis Poulopoulou ... Faye
Romanos Kalokyris ... Student in Athens
Areti Seidaridou Areti Seidaridou ... Eleftheria


In a small eel-farming town in the west of Greece, two women live solitary lives while dreaming of getting away. Elisabeth is a once-ambitious policewoman forced to relocate from Athens ten years ago and now living a joyless, hung-over life; Rita is the quiet, mysterious sister of a lounge singer in the local disco. When a sudden death upsets the town and turns the local community upside-down, the two women who had been ignoring each other's existence begin drifting towards each other. As the secrets hidden in the swamps begin to surface, they will have a chance to become each other's saviours. Written by New Europe Film Sales

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Angeliki Papoulia and Hristos Passalis first appeared together in Dogtooth (2009). In The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea (2019), they appear only once in a brief scene together. See more »


The opening scene is set in 2006, yet they travel in a Opel Vivaro van of the 2014-2019 generation. See more »


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Dark, troubling and not to be missed.
25 March 2020 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

I can already see the American remake, directed perhaps by David Fincher, (though I would hope they leave well enough alone). "The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea" is a kind of police procedural set in Mesolongi, one of the lesser known parts of Greece and definitely off the tourist trail, that centres on the lives of two women, the female chief of police whose involvement in a terrorist raid in Athens ten years earlier has lead her here, and Rita, who does what menial jobs she can to get by. After a death in the town, their lives intersect.

This Greek movie works both as a dark thriller and as a troubling psychological picture of damaged lives. Both Elisabeth, the police chief, (Angeliki Papoulia), and Rita, (Youla Boudali), have reasons to be fearful and to hate their lives and anyone, on either side of the law, seems like the kind of person you would neither want to know or trust; there is something very unwholesome in Mesolongi. Syllas Tzoumerkas' picture makes the films of Yorgos Lanthimos feel like a walk in the park. This may be the first of his films I've seen but I certainly hope it won't be the last.

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12 September 2019 (Germany) See more »

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Mesolongi, Greece See more »

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