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a film by Stelios Kammitsis.

2021 | 80 mins | Greece - Italy - Germany.

a lush odd couple styled ode to love.

Dave says:

Delightfully quirky and offbeat, here writer and director Stelios Kammitsis charms with a lush odd couple styled ode to love.

For this is the story of twenty-something Victoras (Vasilis Magouliotis); a lonesome, if handsome ex-championship diver living on the Greek coast, all too aware that his days of Olympic glory are behind him. Now making a living working in a furniture factory, that is when he's not visiting his ailing grandmother, both life and love would appear to have passed him by. Yet fate has a way of catching up with you and following his grandmother's death, Victoras takes it upon himself to visit his estranged mother Angeliki (Stella Fyrogeni) and stepbrother, now living in Germany.

Taking the overnight ferry to Italy, it isn't long before he catches sight of Mathias (Anton Weil); namely a free-spirited German hitchhiker who's not averse to stealing the odd item or two when he thinks he's being overcharged for goods by companies getting rich at his expense. Knowing the region well, Mathias worms his way into becoming Victoras' at times unwanted travelling companion, ever encouraging Victoras to venture out of his comfort zone and to live life to the full. Forming an unlikely friendship, the question is: could it develop into something far more meaningful?

Beautifully capturing the picture postcard scenery of the stunning Italian alpine landscape, this compelling outing of the classic road movie scenario is as refreshing as a cold weissbier on a hot summer day. To that end, the Magouliotis / Weil pairing excel in their notably differing roles, their characters the polar opposite of each other with Mathias relishing life with all of its unexpected twists and turns, whilst Victoras is seemingly stuck in his ways at all too young an age. Yet it's equally clear that the two are meant to be one and here Kammitsis delights in forming a story around their yin and yang fashioned relationship, in which a lovers' tiff is soon to be reconciled with an arm around your partners' shoulder and a kiss.

Intercut with many a scene of affection between the two that whilst touching, nonetheless lacks that ever crucial spark of passion, the result is a feature that almost feels like a telemovie in parts, being beautifully shot and well-played throughout, if hesitant in pushing the cinematic envelope when it counts. That said, this is equally a film without the bitter angst of so many gay features of late, as Kammitsis opts to charm you instead with the familial ties of life, together with the fact that love can sometimes be found when you least expect it. All of which makes for an unashamedly sweet 'n' tender work that's not so much about answers, but more about questions on life itself, as opposites attract in the most rewarding way. Frankly, need more be said?

›› available as part of the PECCADILLO PICTURES catalogue: 28th June, 2021 / UK.
›› posted: Tuesday, 20th September, 2022.

Gay Visibility - overt | Nudity - bare-arsed cheek | Overall - file under ... 3+ stars

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