4 September 2006 | demetra-3
not just any people
Koemtzis didn't kill just any punters. It was 3 policemen he attacked, and that during the dictatorship period, when they were most disgustingly provocative and intrusive. As he later admitted, he was fuelled by hatred based on what he had been through in the past. The film is not a documentary or a reconstruction but rather focuses on this political aspect as well as the 'popular' (ie working class) Greek culture of earnest manliness, and 'trashy' nightlife. The gist though I think is in Katerina Gogou's poetry whose reciting is amazingly powerful, although her actual appearance in the film seems unnecessary. Antoniou's performance is beautiful too. English viewers might become annoyed by the caricatured non/English customer and repelled by the kitsch & non-PC protagonists, but I think it's to Tassios' credit that he painfully zooms into the unsavoury & ugly.