Nikos is an ordinary guy without any ambitions. His father’s sudden death brings back his uncle who proposes to live and work together with him and his wife in the suburbs of Athens. Nikos accepts his uncle’s offer which consists of protecting two purebred dogs from the hostile neighbours. Driven by envy, lust and anger, Nikos merges into a vicious circle of perpetual antagonism, the struggle for power over others and discontent. –LIFFE
Yannis Economides was born in Limassol, Cyprus, in 1967 and studied film in Athens. He has directed several short films and documentaries. He directed his debut feature film “Matchbox” back in 2003. “Soul Kicking”, his second feature, celebrated its world premiere at the renowned official section of the Cannes International Film Festival 2006, “The International Critics’ Week” (“Semaine de la Critique du Festival de Cannes”) and was selected for competitive screening at various film festivals throughout the world. His third feature, “Knifer”, had its world premiere in Pusan International Film Festival 2010. At the Hellenic Film Academy Awards “Knifer” excelled and received seven awards (Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Sound) and it was also awarded with the Greek Association of Film Critics Award as the Best Greek Film of the Year 2010. —IMDb
think Jerichow via Stranger Than Paradise-era Jarmusch. the cinematography is jaw-dropping and would give Robby Müller a run for his money. some amazing faces populate this film. there is an impressive creativity coming out of Greece these days...
A gritty bastardization of the urban "luxuries", crafted in the style of a defiling noir-homage but without any of that romanticized vanity of the protagonists. Here, a counter-productive settling is slowly pushing Nikos into a cycle of treachery and slackery, the kind some of my co-citizens have gotten used to over the past decades. Another masterpiece by Economidis with Kallimani a revelation of an actress!