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7.5
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2,237 Ratings

Pity

Oiktos

Directed by Babis Makridis
Greece, Poland, 2018
Drama

Synopsis

The story of a man who feels happy only when he is unhappy: addicted to sadness, with such need for pity, that he’s willing to do everything to evoke it from others. This is the life of a man in a world not cruel enough for him.

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Pity Directed by Babis Makridis

Critics reviews

Makridis’s second feature film is not a sweeping work so much as one with a fixed target: Pity intimately navigates the state of the fragile male ego with merciless aplomb.
January 11, 2019
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While given the actual context of the invocation of the pursuit of happiness through positive thinking as a lifestyle and life philosophy, Pitycould be read as a caustic antidote and subversive and witty foray to undermine the cult of optimism.
February 03, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • Joanna's rating of the film Pity

    WOW WOW WOOOOWW! Every frame is perfectly thought out. Every movement, every minuscule sound was perfectly placed. One of the most beautiful films I've seen.

  • nica's rating of the film Pity

    Steadily progresses towards madness, ending on two perfect notes. This is an exquisite new member of the Greek New Wave films. The humor and absurdity is so in sync with mine, while making perfect sense in terms of narrative developments. May Babis Makridis get to keep making films wherever and however he wishes.

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Pity

    A radical reinvention of several genres, including drama & melodrama, comedy & thriller. Watch and learn, Lars Von Trier.

  • Jason's rating of the film Pity

    Made from a script co-written by Yorgos L.'s screenwriter, Efthymis Filippou, PITY mines a vein of jet black absurdist humour that will be familiar to viewers of recent Greek films of a certain vintage. What makes PITY more successful than any of Lanthimos's admittedly-wonderful films is its integration of the comical and philosophical within the framework of a total formal integrity. I thought of Charles Schulz.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Pity

    Another 'Weird Wave' indictment on the (Greek) family, which has a point to make with respect to the ideology of pity. Yet its exaggerated, in its OCD sterilization, depiction of the nouveaux riches milieu of seaside Attica suburbs suffers from lack of empathy and also from one-dimensional characterization that culminates in an inverted lens on the (human) species. Essentially, it's a reactionary film. Pity, really.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Pity

    I hate pity. At least that's what I tell myself. And yet sometimes I fall into situations where I seem to dwell in it. Part of it is in the way you tell the story to others. Is it a better story when you're a bit indulgent with your need? Or do you downplay it so that you can get a stronger reaction? The people around this guy should know that he's a pity whore. Now we know why Herr R runs amok.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Pity

    Un exemple parfait de cette "nouvelle vague grecque" qui cultive un humour noir volontiers absurde, distillé par un jeu d'acteurs délibérément inexpressif, souvent faussement théâtralisé, dans une stylisation méthodologique qui par son incongruité et son hypertrophie provoquent une indéniable originalité cinématographique... www.cinefiches.com

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film Pity

    2.5 At first it was funny, and then his pathological need for attention became very tiring. Not sure that was the way to end the movie. Alternatively, he could have come up against someone who overwhelmed him with pity until he felt so smothered that he was forced to change his mindset. Might have made for a more satisfying character arc. At least the dog is okay. Good use of Mozart's "Lacrimosa."

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