1954, Thessaly, Greece. In the wake of the destructive Greek Civil War, 18-year-old Eleni and 22-year-old Babis face trying times. Against the backdrop of illicit political activity, persecution, arrests, and incarceration, the star-crossed lovers are always short of time, struggling to make the most of their brief clandestine meetings. After a long decade, the estranged couple reunites during the Greek junta, only to discover that fate has other plans in store for them. Will their little boy ever see his parents again? —Nick Riganas
A GEM- SHOULD HAVE WON MORE AWARDS
One of the best greek films ever made! The real story of two young communists in love during the civil war, which followed World War II, in Greece is most touching. Pantelis Voulgaris, the director, is regarded to be the "humaniest" director in Greece; and with this film he proves he deserves this title. Without ending to "cheap" melodrama he succeeds in telling us the story, dealing honestly with its subject. Especially the scene of the communication of the two lovers in the prison (they are imprisoned in cells which are opposite one another and communicate through small mirrors) has an inner strength-it could well be the only reason why to see this film, but it isn't. Bazaka's and Kataleifos' performances are perfect. One is for sure: It is a film that could have won numerous awards (including the Academy awards) if it had been an american or british film.
- May 25, 1999
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