Saturday, June 26, 2010
Piso porta (2000) aka Backdoor
Rating: 6.4/10 147 votes
Runtime: 99 Min
Language: Greek With English Sub
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0263868/
Director: Yorgos Tsemperopoulos
Konstandinos Papadimitriou ... Dimitris Kemeras
Alexandriani Sikelianou ... Foteini Kemera
Haris Sozos ... Apostolos Dedes
Ieroklis Michaelidis ... Uncle Ilias
Antonis Kafetzopoulos ... Giannis Kemeras
Margarita Anthidou ... Officer's Wife #1
Vassiliki Deliou ... Officer's Wife #2
Yorgos Kalaitzis ... Officer #1
Stavros Psyllakis ... Officer #2
Alexandros Tsakiris ... Officer #3
Dimitris Adamopoulos ... Architect
Matias Simounets ... Psimikakis
Giorgos Basiakos ... Technician
Yannis Tsikis ... Urban Planning Officer #1
Stathis Voutos ... Urban Planning Officer #2
Yorgos Tsemberopoulos directs this politically-themed coming-of-age story about an Athens youth who struggles with the death of his father, the tumultuous political situation of 1960s Greece, and his own burgeoning sexuality. This film was screened at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide
Set in 1966 Athens, we follows a 13 year old boy as he slips from childhood into adolescence. This film starts out by being about one thing, (a young boy growing up without a father, his burgeoning sexuality and friendships), and ends up something else entirely, (a picture of Greece at the time of the dictatorship).
Some poignant moments including:
(1) addressing the death of his father,
(2) coming to accept his stepfather,
(3) throwing a wild party while his parents are out of town,
(4) experimenting with alcohol and drugs,
(5) visiting a hooker and getting a venereal disease from her
(6) how a political uprising changes his life fro
m a child to a youthful revolutionary.
Nicely done and highly recommended.
This film starts out by being about one thing, (a young boy growing up without a father, his burgeoning sexuality and friendships), and ends up something else entirely, (a picture of Greece at the time of the dictatorship). It ought to be more interesting than it actually is. It's about youthful revolutionary fervor but it has no revolutionary fervor of its own. It would have been a better film if it had ditched the politics altogether and concentrated instead on the life-lessons of the central character, a boy from a well-heeled family of developers whose father has died suddenly. Konstandinos Papadimitriou sleepwalks his way through the part; his character isn't allowed to develop and you lose interest in him. If the film had been about his older, worldly-wise friend played by Andreas Kontopolous it probably would have been better.
The film dawdles along without any sense of urgency. It's meant to be a child's eye view of the world and in particular of the political situation in Greece at the time but it's like a paint-by-numbers version of "Z". It keeps flashing forward to what appears to be the boy's detention but that feels like a gimmick to keep us watching to the end. We know from the start what is going to happen so we need something a lot more forceful than what the director gives us to sustain our interest. It's well-intentioned but a bit on the dull side.