Kostis is a 40-year-old doctor who moves to the small island of Antiparos in order to take over the local clinic. His whole life and routine will turn upside down when he meets an international group of young hard-partying tourists, including Anna, a 19-year-old goddess he falls in love with.
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Incredibly authentic view of sexual libertinism this may be one of the best Greek films in a long time. Inspired by Houellbecq's 'sociological' novels, "Suntan" juxtaposes skillfully darkness and light and does wonders in the way it depicts nudity naturalistically. Expertly acted from the two leads and the ensemble of hedonists and locals, this sarcastically profane film culminates in a painful finale. Gorgeous!
Papadimitropoulos skillfully mixes several film genres, leading the viewer into an infernal descent into the mind of a fragile, deranged man. Papadimitriou shines again after Chevalier: he's the face of avantgarde Greek cinema.
So awkwardly playful to begin and so violently devastating to finish. Papadimitriou is fantastic to watch as a man who appears to have successfully buried a deep wound to only have it rear it's ugly head. Post 40's anguish at it's finest. 4 stars
Some real goddamn Dante's Inferno shit. They often speak of "dark humour." They seldom mean something that's quite this hilarious whilst being quite this nightmarish. Eventually, admittedly, it's not the least bit funny at all. Not surprising to those up on the "Greek New Wave." Those chortles best stick in y'all's throats. I get this. I am a loser. If you are a loser, expect this to leave some bruises. Ugly. Own it.
For me, it's interesting about Contemporary Greek cinema that these movies depict how devastatingly "masculinity" destroyed everything or itself like "Dogtooth" (Patriarchy is down!) & "The Eternal Return~" (Self-consciousness in hell.) In "Suntan," protagonist has obsession with youth, sex and, most importantly, penis because "You don't have penis?" is curse in our society. Insightfully miserable & disgusting.
Nachrichten von der internationalen Spaßgesellschaft auf einer griechischen Insel. Niemand weiß, was oder zu welchem Zweck die Dinge geschehen. Das geht schon seit Jahrzehnten so im Urlaubsparadies. Traditionelles, linear erzähltes, mit Klischees durchsetztes Pseudodrama ohne interessante Momente. Schon zu Beginn des Films weiss man alles enden muss. Verlorene Zeit im Urlaub, im Kino und letztendlich auf Mubi.