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SILHOUETTES

Greece, 1967 (MIFF 1968, Programme 24)

Director: Costis Zoes

This is the story of a divorce, and of the events that led up to it. In her small house, a young woman is spending her last hours with her little boy, before his father claims him for custody. Both she and her ex-husband, on his way to Athens, are haunted by their past life together. In flashbacks, they remember their longing for warmth, their quest for mutual understanding and companion­ship, and the eroding effects of reality which destroyed their hopes for happiness.

The theme of the film—the essential loneliness of people—is expertly expressed by the young director, Costis Zoes, in his first feature film. The lyrically evocative camera work, which—critics say—at times echoes the techniques used by Leiouch in A Man and a Woman, the splendid performance of Pery Poravous in the role of the wife, and the distinctive musical score, all combined to lift Silhouettes into the front rank of Greek films made in 1967.

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