Standing Aside, Watching

Directed by: Yorgos Servetas
Greece | 90 minutes

Antigone returns to her childhood village, only to find it full of crime and corruption.

Antigone’s career in acting has left her with unfulfilled dreams and an empty bank account. Like thousands of other young Greeks, she makes her way back to her childhood village in the hope of living a cheaper existence. Amongst the bittersweet homecoming feelings, however, a darker force is at play: what little money and power is left in the village has fallen into the hands of criminal men. For Antigone, it seems like the world has gone backwards since she was a child.

This is a film of gritty, unflinching realism. The characterizations are thoughtful, fiery and compelling, especially in Antigone (Marina Symeou) and evil kingpin Nondas (Nikos Georgakis). Even the interplay between camera and landscape conspires to give an unglorified account of Greece in depression: instead of blue skies and sun, a perpetual storm brews overhead. It’s Greece, but gray. The rugged landscape is cut with brutalist monuments to the country’s lost power: empty roads weave their way between abandoned industrial buildings.

Even though everyone’s face says the situation is normal, Antigone knows it’s all going to hell. And she’s not going to stand aside, watching.

Yorgos Servetas
Yorgos Servetas
Fenia Cossovitsa
Konstantinos Kontovrakis
Claudio Bolivar
Marina Symeou
Yorgos Kafetzopoulos
Marianthi Pantelopoulou
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