Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Lurid tale in which art not only imitates life, it becomes it. A young singer joins a group of Rembetes, musicians and singers who perform a style of music that could be called the Greek equivalent to the blues. Taking place over a period of politically turbulent times, from the twenties until the late fifties, it follows Sotiria Leonardou (playing a character based on a real-life singer) as she goes from a difficult childhood through to national success and into decline at a very young age. Time period recreation is exceptional, and the film is dramatically quite rich, but some viewers might be turned off by the relentlessly downward tone and the dark photography. However, it does feature a beautiful musical score and lots of great songs.
Directed by Costas Ferris
Screenplay by Costas Ferris, Sotiria Leonardou
Cinematography by Takis Zervoulakos
Produced by Costas Ferris, George Zervoulakos
Music by Stavros Xarhakos
Production Design by Manolis Maridakis
Costume Design by Maria Maniati
Film Editing by Yanna Spyropoulou