After the death of their mother, Dany, 16, leaves Crete to join his older brother, Odysseas, who lives in Athens. Born from an Albanian mother and a Greek father they never met, the two brothers, strangers in their own country, decide to go to Thessaloniki to look for their father.
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I watched this with some friends & friends of friends and their response was a tad annoying. We had a fundamental disagreement over which brother was better. I much preferred Ody, but they just wanted to see Dany get bound and fucked. The film's homoerotic but it's not porn; it's a director's distinct vision, and Koutras achieves a unique, engaging tone. I kept watching, in spite of (or perhaps because of) its flaws.
The plot, co-written by Mr. Koutras and his habitual associate Panagiotis Evangelidis, repeatedly deviates from its main course of events to indulge in long musical passages, a few forced feel-good moments, and overdramatic confrontations that seem to be taken from the Greek theater.
As a pop blockbuster with a homoerotic touch, Xenia delivers an entertaining 2 hours delight. The movie is sexy and unique, and although sometimes it almost tries too hard, it's one of 2014's most memorable. I like how it uses conotative language to build its easthetics. Thumbs up to the couple at the climax - they deliver what the scene asks for.