Το εργοστάσιο  [The factory] (1981)

– I’m the head of the family. I know what to do.

The immensely sad, eastern-sounding music sets the tone perfectly for this absurd and tragic tale of poor, ignorant villagers trying to get along in the modern world. A troubled family has its patriarch clinging to traditional ways but slowly and inexorably losing his grip. Everyone seem trapped in a hopeless downward spiral of outdated behaviour, capitalism, bureaucracy, bribery, and abuse.

Scenes of slaughter, skinning, and the preparation of hides feel deeply symbolic. Maybe in my book of clashes between old and new.

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