“A”, an American film director of Greek ancestry, is making a film that tells his story and the story of his parents. It is a tale that unfolds in Italy, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, Canada and the U.S.A. The main character is Eleni, who claims the absoluteness of love. At the same time the film is a long journey into the vast history and the events of the last fifty years that left their mark on the 20th century. The dust of time confuses memories. The characters in the film move as though in a dream. “A” searches for them and experiences them in the present. —Mostra.org
Theo Angelopoulos began to study law in Athens but broke up his studies to go to the Sorbonne in Paris in order to study literature. When he had finished his studies, he wanted to attend the School of Cinema at Paris but decided instead to go back to Greece. There he worked as a journalist and critic for the newspaper “Demokratiki Allaghi” until it was banned by the military after a coup d’état. Now unemployed, he decided to make his first movie, Anaparastasi (1970). Internationally successful was his trilogy about the history of Greece from 1930 to 1970 consisting of Meres tou ’36 (1972), O thiasos (1975), and Oi kynigoi (1977). After the end of the dictatorship in Greece, Angelopoulos went to Italy, where he worked with RAI (and more money). His movies then became less political. —IMDb
A disappointing effort overall, bolstered by two brilliant performances from Ganz and Piccoli, but Dafoe (a usually very good actor) is weak and so is Jacob. Angelopoulos doesn't feel the same here, no longer are we blessed with the astounding visuals and the intricate storyline, instead we are left with a fairly uninteresting plot for a film that looks regular. The soundtrack is good but this is not one of his best.