Antonis arrives in a hotel near the sea. It is winter, the hotel is closed and Antonis wanders alone. It seems to have all the time with him. Until television announced the disappearance of the famous journalist Antonis Paraskevas.
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The Eternal Return of Antonis ParaskevasDirected byElina Psykou
Quiet and methodical. The film never narrates to us, the viewer, instead we are allowed to piece together the story bit by bit. Taking the strongest cues from the mundane and understated actions in the film. Each moment commands a unique respect that had me zoned into the most minor sounds and flicks of movement on the screen. Somewhere between 8 1/2 and the Shining a truly wonderful ride from start to finish.
Greek Matt Lauer has staged his own kidnapping and is staying in an off season hotel eating spaghetti and slipping further from reality every day. What starts as a scheme to pay off his debts spirals into a man who embraces the minimum of what it takes to be connected.
Firstly, TV Reality show about TV presenter who has obsession with glory of past in strangely observational style & voidly modern cinematography. Christos Stergioglou's acting is so miserable so good & media satire works keenly. But yeah second half, I'm drastically shocked with this movie depicting how difficult for people to run away from self-consciousness & stepping into Buddhism field. Weird, delightfully weird.
You gotta love the new Greek cinema. Lots of directors with exciting ideas. I understand the emotions of the main character a little too well. We try to go off by ourselves to escape, but it turns out to be a lot worse in the end.
The first half of the movie was just great. Loved the calm and soothing atmosphere – melancholic and funny at the same time. The first half was a bit mysterious, but the other half remains a true mystery since I fell asleep after a hard days work. And then. Well, the 30 days. I'm new here, you see. I can't find the movie anywhere now so must use some imagination, I think I'm going for a happy ending of some sort.
One example of the new greek cinema, which to me feels like an offspring of Roy Anderson and Ulrich Seidl, perhaps with some genes from Theo Angelopoulos although completely without the greek sentimentality. Psykou’s film is not quite there with her peers, Lanthimos and Tsangari - it’s too much a one protagonist show - but it’s still enjoyable. Visually impressive, detached storytelling, with a memorable ending.
This black comedy is, like much of the Greek Weird Wave, technically excellent and totally absurd. Initially impenetrable but likely to reward multiple viewings, this is a worthwhile allegory of a culture in crisis as well as a personal film about self-obsession, isolation, and alienation.
3,5. It is realistic, but I found some part are just underwhelming. Still, it has its own quirk and hillarious. Nice addition for New Greek Cinema.
NB: Please, somebody kidnap me to that abandon hotel ;)