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!
I was really enjoying the first half of this, which used cringeworthy humor to great effect. that went on for the second half, albeit it took a darker turn, which would be fine were it better implemented or not as predictable or - it all happened so fast that it didn't click for me. I don't blame the film on the script, though - it's very focused on getting an idea across and it all makes sense.
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.
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.
A middle-aged doctor finds his youth again (which he perhaps never had) on a paradise island, and begins an inevitable descent to the bottom of his existence as he gradually loses control. The story’s based on Houellebecq’s idea on the winners and losers of sexual liberalism; the idea and the script are better than the execution, but it’s still a fair portrait of the purgatory of an aging, unattractive, single man.