Tag Archives: 1980s

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Καρκαλού [Karkalou] (1984) – Do it. Elusive, convoluted, and indecipherable on time, memory, relations, society – and politics? Mysteriously threatening, but mostly conveys a melancholy sense of loss, grief, maybe even betrayal. Lots of potentially significant details but no discernable … Continue reading

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Το κορίτσι της Μάνης [The girl from Mani] (1986)

»There is no such thing as freedom« Another greek movie about the clash of old and new, this time a melodramatic love story trying for grandeur but ending up in embarrassment. The script is oldfashioned and passable, but the execution … Continue reading

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Άρπα Colla [Arpa colla] (1982) Ideal and Opportunity clashes cinematically in this rather cheesy combination of satire and parody. Unfunny, unengaging, unfulfilled. Too stuck in its own time, too clever for its own good. Not in my book of meta-movies.

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Γλυκιά Συμμορία [Sweet bunch] (1983) – I don’t like sacrifices, that’s all. Art deco typography, pinball machines, thunder, moviestar images, moving dolls and toys. Awakening, elaborately dressing up with napkin and switchblade knife in secret hiding. – It was heads … Continue reading

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Arvottomat (1983) – Too late, love is dead. – But love never dies, it just leaves us. We are the ones who die.
 Seldom has Finland seemed more drab – and strangely exotic! – than in this wayward Nordic Noir. … Continue reading

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Abel (1986) –Why isn’t life normal? Oh, the strange and complicated games we humans play! Absurdly dysfunctional family – stuffy father, distraught mother, highly disappointing son – acts out a ritualistic, stylized, theatrical tale of love, lust, and insecurities. Weird … Continue reading

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Πέτρινα χρόνια [Stone years] (1985) In hiding or in prison, people are always longing for a better life. Fluidly chronicling the uneven struggles of a clandestine leftist movement under rightwing oppression, this is a very softspoken and subdued experience. Supposedly based on true … Continue reading

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