The Suspended Step Of The Stork (1991)

THEODOROS ANGELOPOULOS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  To Meteoro Vima Tou Pelargou

France/Italy/ Greece/Switzerland, 1991.  , , , Greek Film Center, Vega Film, , Canal+, Rai 2, , , , , Eurimages.  Story by Theodoros Angelopoulos, Screenplay by Theodoros Angelopoulos, , , .  Cinematography by , .  Produced by Theodoros Angelopoulos, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Cannes Film Festival 1991.

plays a Greek television reporter working in a border town near Albania, who sees a refugee living on an abandoned train and believes it is actually a missing politician (Marcello Mastroianni) who disappeared some years earlier. He contacts the politician’s wife () and asks her about her husband, before taking her back to where he found the man in an effort to solve the mystery. This film by Theo Angelopoulos features his trademark long, dry shots of barren Greek vistas and is paced on par with watching paint dry, but the images are beautiful and the emotional resonance of the story holds you throughout its entirety. There aren’t any of the obscure political references that often make his films difficult to watch, and the performances (especially Moreau) are mesmerizing.

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