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Tale 52 reverted

It was indeed 11th of April, and the promise had to be fulfilled. Having seen the trailer, I was just too compelled to rush out and see Tale 52 as soon as possible. And in contrary to all my previous recent experiences with Greek films on the big screen (which have been kept to a minimum for obvious reasons), Alexis Alexiou debut film was a real delight.

It is the story of Iasonas and Penelope or at least a story of someone noting a story very similar to that of Iasonas. Love, lust, envy and psychosis all blend in a spiral storyline of reoccurring days and set of events that gradually unfold what happened to the two lovers (or at least what could have happened). A phsychological thriller filmed with a mixture of tight close-ups, handheld sequences and dark atmospheric photography, mainly using natural light, shadows and claustrophobic settings.

Both actors (Giorgos Kakanakis and Serafita Grigoriadou) give noticeable performances and are able to get the viewer in the mentality of the characters. This is vastly assisted by Alexiou’s directing; mixing scenes, time and emotions through a modern way of filming, not usually seen in Greek films.

Overall, I really enjoyed the film, although it did fall into some clichés and had some references to cult directors such as Lynch (especially the ceiling mold). That however, is by no means a bad thing. Finally, we have a Greek film that we actually enjoyed, and for that, it is definitely the must-see movie of at least this month.

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away” Philip K. Dick


  • gravatar BLR

    heyyyy...the movie was fine, but the actors sucked badly!!!

  • kala re afentiko..min diwrthwsa (kai se esvisa...xouaxouaxaou...logokrisia again)..

  • gravatar Anonymous

    hey...the script sucked, the editing was unbelievably bad....and basically the whole film as a showcase for the director
    the actors rocked...within this unbelievably bad formalistic film
    BLR..tell me a memorable performance by greek actor?
    also i would like to hav your opinion on a recent greek or foreign fil in which the lead role was completlely dubbed?
    i cant think of any, can u?

  • gravatar BLR

    Mr/Mrs Anon, I don't really care about the dubbed role, I just didn't like the acting... but you know what they say about opinions, right? :)

  • gravatar Anonymous

    logokrisia paidia?

  • gravatar Anonymous

    kai gia na eheis apo review:
    Extreme camerawork adds to the claustrophobic feeling of this non-linear tale and the great tragic performance by Iorgos Kakanakis turn “Tale52” into a genre master piece.

  • gravatar Anonymous

    kai gia na eimasye kai ligo antikimeniki kai na min allilotsimpoukonomaste:

    -Tale 52 (Alexis Alexiou, Greece) [5]

    Shortly after posting my capsule review on El Greco, a critic friend of mine sent me an email with the final line of the above review, with the subject line, "get ready to copy and paste." Tale 52 is a perfect example of what he was warning me about, since in and of itself it's a film that has no real business being in a festival, short of maybe San Jose Cinequest or some other mid-level slick-indie enclave. It's more of an advertisement for Alexiou than a film in and of itself.

  • Den paiftei logokrisia stis idees...kai alloi exoun diafwnisei me tis kritikes mas alla den mas peirazei...apla allo kritiki/antithesi kai allo vrizw apla...ta ga@#@ridia allou...(iparxei to crackhitler kai to athinorama gia auto :-)

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