Urge for Life (1986)

  |  Comedy, Drama

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Struggling to make ends meet, a talented actor is bent on ending his loveless and miserable life; however, he plays it safe when attempting suicide, since he knows that his best friend will always be there for him. Will he ever find peace?



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11 September 2006 | kostasxrysogelos
| You couldn't imagine what happened in the Thessaloniki festival that year...
...So I'll tell you -I wasn't there, but I've read about it. Well, there was a huge quarrel, for this movie received the best-movie-award, and many, well... disagreed. "What you're suggesting is death!", was shouted to the director, Y. Tassios, who answered in a great amount of insults towards the other directors. Lead actor, G. Kimoulis, had to take him out vulgarly, in order to avoid further unpleasant events.

So, what is going on with this movie? Firstly, I'd like to state that it's one of my favorite Greek movies of the 80s -it's a draw with the excellent "Oi Apenantoi", by G. Panoussopoulos. The plot is very interesting and the performances are really amazing -arguably, Kimoulis and Arzoglou are two of the best actors of their generation. Kimoulis stars as a neurotic man who is afraid of life, because he is very insecure himself. One day, he receives a phone call. It's from a company that offers to kill him, since he doesn't have the courage to kill himself! Kimoulis is frightened to death. By each steps he's taking, he is afraid of someone killing him. At the end of the film, he gets a job in a restaurant. He has regained his love for life.

"Where's the problem?", you'll ask. Well, you have to be transferred back to the 80s: It's the decade of communism in Greece. Pure communists and anarchists are at their peak, people who deny any form of power, that is. According to them, this movie proposes a solution that equals to social death: Find a job and bow your heads to the supreme power. Back in the 80s, every single expression of art was controlled bu the left-oriented people, even the Thessaloniki movie festival. I hope you have a clear view of the whole situation now.

Anyway. Politics and art don't go together. Watch the movie without thinking of politics. This movie is worth-seeing.

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