Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: To Agori Troei To Fagito Tou Pouliou
Greece, 2012. 2/35, Fantasia Optikoakoustiki Productions, Greek Film Center, Guanaco, Oxymoron Films, Stefi Films. Screenplay by Ektoras Lygizos. Cinematography by Dimitris Kasimatis. Produced by Giorgos Karnavas, Ektoras Lygizos, Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Elina Psikou. Production Design by Kleio Boboti, Stavros Liokalos. Costume Design by Kleio Boboti. Film Editing by Gregory Rentis. Toronto International Film Festival 2012.
The trappings threaten the worst of pretentious misery cinema: we meet a young man living alone in Athens, we find out immediately that he is very poor and cannot make ends meet and then we watch as he suffers to the bitter end. What director Ektoras Lygizos delivers, surprisingly, is a film in which the hardships are spelled out clearly (when a young man cums on screen and eats it for sustenance, those hardships, and I apologize for the pun, are spelled out very clearly) but the graceful moments of relief are just as accurately stated. The boy eats his titular pet’s food to keep himself going, but the care of his winged friend is also the one thing that gives him a reason to go on. It’s a spare, simple movie, but compelling for its honesty and its poignancy, with Yiannis Papadopoulos endlessly sympathetic in the lead.