A prostitute (Evdokia) meets a sergeant (Yorgos). They fall in love and get married after a short love affair. Her profession, however, is a barrier for their relationship. They try to stay together and overcome their inner conflicts, but the social environment crushes them. —IMDb
Alexis Damianos doesn’t need introductions. His three films traverse nearly forty years and have indelibly marked new Greek cinema. His work begins in 1966 with Until the ship sails and with this film, unfolds the story of modern Greek cinema. 1971 was the year of Evdokia, the best, according to many, Greek film of all time. Finally in 1995, Damianos released Eniochos- the charioteer the most awaited comeback of Greek cinema. Harsh poetics, social infiltration, historical speculation centered on man, characterize the singular work of 83 year-old Alexis Damianos. —Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Bleak...Sad...Heartbreaking...Beautiful ! A love story destined to be Doomed ! A Modern Greek Tragedy ! Although the storytelling often encounters inconsistencies and the acting is quite weak, this film is important for what it stands and what it reflects. Sad lives connect in an unforgiving land, the austerity of which reflects in the faces of its inhabitants who are constantly searching for an oasis of emotions in a desert of unfeeling. Happiness comes momentarily, the price of which is more suffering and perhaps the acceptance of one's pains is the only way to carry on. A devastating film which could have been a Masterpiece. Despite its weaknesses, it's an Important film and an Essential watch !
"Evdokia received a mixed reception. And its now-undisputed primitive, essential beauty...[was] only appreciated by a few at the time. Evdokia is about life's transience: ultimately, everything will pass, including the military. All that remains are those ecstatic moments when life is lived to the full, beyond any sense of order—whereas it's the maintenance of order that's the bases of all dictatorships."—Olaf Möller