European Union Film Festival 2022
- Petros Charalambous
- EUFF 2022
- November 27, 2022 8:20
“Papoulia is perfectly cast … There are few actresses who can so intensely embody this complexity of a character built on trauma, insecurity, and the need for love.”Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa
Petros Charalambous’s follow-up to Boy on the Bridge (EUFF 2017) is a knotty, multi-faceted drama of middle-aged regret. Angeliki Papoulia, the fearless Greek actor at the centre of Yorgos Lanthimos’s break-out films Dogtooth (2009) and Alps (2011), stars as Chara, a complicated character who, in producer and writer Janine Teerling’s script, is presented with a series of foils: her mother, a dreaded influence; the new hire at Chara’s workplace, childless and content; and a prickly teenaged intern, who she might take under her wing. “Chara’s family is everything to her, and yet she sometimes ponders a life without them … Charalambous’s psychological drama raises several provocative questions: What makes a woman a mother? And is motherhood a natural state of boundless love and caring, or is it an ideal imposed by society? A multilayered story of a woman struggling through moments of existential angst” (Sandra Hezinová, Karlovy Vary IFF).
Video introduction by director Petros Charalambous.
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