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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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.
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.
Xenia is a good reflection not only of this Mediterranean nation, but of other latitudes, and despite its 4 years of premiere, it seems prophetic to the conditions that other countries now face. The cinema screams for identifying new family relationships and the identity of current generations, and Xenia is a work that approaches a portrait, without judgments of value, of the new world society.
Le réalisateur de la délirante "Attaque de la Moussaka géante" reste un grand ami de la communauté LGBT, des marginaux, des étrangers et du joyeux kitsch musical, il critique toujours les dérives extrémistes. Tout cela le rend fort sympathique et politiquement incorrect. Ces aventures tragi-comiques de deux frères (très bien interprétés) ont un charme certain, même si elles se trainent un peu (surtout la 2ème heure).
Pour Dany et Odysseas, pour le vieil ami de la mère au sourire tendre. Pour la musique. Les inventions oniriques. La chanteuse sur la mer. Le lapin géant. S'il y a du Dolan, il y aussi du Cocteau.
For Dany and Odysseas, for this old man with a tender smile. For music. For dreamlike inventions. The singer on the sea. The giant rabbit. If, as many commentaries point out, there is Dolan, there is also Cocteau.