A former drug trafficker and police informer, Sofianos, is in prison. A conservative politician, Kriezis, with whom Sofianos had a homosexual relationship, visits him in prison. Using a smuggled gun Sofianos manages to take him hostage in his cell and blackmails the police in order to be released.
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How VERY disappointing, having been impressed VERY much by the three Angelopoulos films I had seen before this one I was expecting another very good film but I was left with a sour taste in the mouth. This is a bit embarrassing on Theo's part, a very novice attempt. At the beginning he ceases to explain who the speaker is, what at Sofiano's motivations etc. Maybe I should've known about the even but it made me angry.
Angelopoulos's directorial style started to emerge here, with complex 360 shots and other scenes that would have been a torture to film pre-Steadicam. The narrative, however, never really gels, its absurdist depictions of Greece's pre-Metaxas violence played out through parallel plotlines that connect only thematically. It's beautiful at times, but it's also disjointed, a film of impressive yet disparate vignettes.
Une oeuvre politique solide, profondément dérangeante et dénonciatrice de certaines méthodes étatiques, qui laisse ouverte à bien des interprétations et des questionnements. Seule certitude, une insidieuse compromission de la plupart des rouages politiques du pays, glissant vers une radicale dictature militaire, avec une sournoise dilution des responsabilités.
This is an evocative masterpiece. It's a clear ancestor of current problem films like Traffic or Syriana, where the problem itself is the "star" and the actors move brokenly in and out of our awareness. As such, it is fresh and sophisticated, unlike anything else I have seen from the early 70s. It is beautiful without being merely stylish, affecting without being melodramatic. Flawless.