Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Original title: Fovou Tous Ellines
Australia/Greece, 2000. Australian Film Finance Corporation, Film Victoria, Greek Film Center, Media World Features, Mega Channel, Mythos Ltd.. Screenplay by Tom Galbraith, Lakis Lazopoulos. Cinematography by Peter Zakharov. Produced by Lakis Lazopoulos, Dionyssis Samiotis, John Tatoulis, Anastasios Vasiliou. Music by Henning Schmiedt, Mikis Theodorakis. Production Design by Spiros Antoniadis. Costume Design by Lilly Chorny, Bianca Nikolarizi. Film Editing by Michael Collins.
Twin brothers are raised in Greece on the island of Crete by their stern grandmother, told at a young age that they must avenge a family vendetta against the man who killed their grandfather. Thirty years later, the villain is found in Australia, and the eldest of the two sons (both played by Lakis Lazopoulos) is sent to kill him. Unfortunately, he is a quiet, peaceful teacher, unlikely to harm a fly let alone kill a man, while his younger brother is more prone to violence (and, quite frankly, insanity). Upon arrival in Australia, however, Lazopoulos opens a can of family-secret worms that inform not only his reason for being there, but some pretty important mysteries of his family’s past. Warm and witty, this enjoyable comedy benefits from zesty direction and terrific acting. Zoe Carides is terrific as the scorned woman who left Greece behind as a young girl and tried to forget her love of her homeland, while Lazopoulos’ script has enough twists to make it a memorably enjoyable experience.