Loafing And Camouflage: Sirens In The Aegean (2005)

NICOS PERAKIS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.

Original title:  Loufa Kai Parallagi: Seirines Sto Aigaio

Greece, 2005.  CL Productions, Graal, Hellenic Radio & Television, Nova, Odeon.  Screenplay by Nicos Perakis.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , Nicos Perakis.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Fun sequel to Nicos Perakis’s 1984 Loufa Kai Parallagi (or, roughly, “Loafing And Camouflage”), which returns to the hijinks among mandatory-service soldiers in the Greek military. Not much has changed in twenty years; these guys are still a bunch of goofs who think more about good alcohol and fine booty than the defense of their country. Their priorities are given a good shake, however, when a group of soldiers manning a rocky beach in the Aegean intercept a Turkish boat illegally landing on Greek shores. The boat is carrying members of a magazine photo shoot and claims not to have known the island was out of their legal boundary, provoking a response from the Greek military men that starts out winsomely humorous but threatens to blow up into an international incident. Perakis’ style has definitely gained a lot of glamorous sheen over the last twenty years, and the budget is a lot more impressive as well, making for a hit comedy (highest number of tickets ever sold in Greek movie theatres to that point) that has it all: lots of laughs, lots of skin and even a thin layer of substance to hold it all together.

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