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26 Ratings

Plato's Academy

Akadimia Platonos

Directed by Filippos Tsitos
Germany, Greece, 2009


A Greek shopkeeper discovers something about his family’s past when his mother embraces an Albanian worker.

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Plato's Academy Directed by Filippos Tsitos

Critics reviews

A kind of picaresque comedy populated by weirdos, layabouts, and bigots, the film avoids condemnation of its characters. They bicker, discuss current events, complain about the hard-working Albanian immigrants in their town, and then – with brilliant comic irony – discover one of their own has Albanian blood. With all their homogenous Greek identity torn asunder, the hapless men have to start thinking a bit differently.
July 21, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Plato's Academy

    There is nothing particularly annoying in this film but nothing really exciting either. The portrayal of xenophobic and bigoted riff raff in Greece raises all sorts of issues about identity and bears all the irony of the title. Opting for a Jarmoushesque approach proves eventually a huge error as the weight of nothingness cannot be lifted either by the actors or by the script. Good intentions, but with minor rewards.

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