The Eternal Return Of Antonis

Antonis Paraskevas is a man incapable of life away from the media spotlight. A famous television personality whose star is waning, Antonis decides to stage his own kidnapping to gain sympathy and attention from a world that is slowly forgetting him. He hides out in an abandoned seaside hotel to wallow in self-pity, awaiting just the right moment to spring ...more

Antonis Paraskevas is a man incapable of life away from the media spotlight. A famous television personality whose star is waning, Antonis decides to stage his own kidnapping to gain sympathy and attention from a world that is slowly forgetting him. He hides out in an abandoned seaside hotel to wallow in self-pity, awaiting just the right moment to spring back to life and into the public eye. At first, he fights off the boredom with unsuccessful molecular cooking and karaoke singing, but eventually the walls close in, and Antonis starts going off the rails. The harsh realities of the current Greek economic situation and contemporary societal alienation serve as the backdrop to this dark and artful satire on fame in the modern world.

Movie Details

  • Director(s) Elina Psikou
  • Starring Christos Stergioglou, Maria Kallimani, Yorgos Souxes, Theodora Tzimou
  • Language(s) Greek
  • Subtitle(s) English
  • Released February 17, 2015
  • Genre
  • Run Time 92 minutes
  • Rating NR

BIGSTAR Review

It is no wonder that this film premiered at several festivals around the world including; The Thessaloniki Film Festival, Mar de Plata Film Festival, and the Hellenic Film Academy Awards (where Psikou won Best First Film Director) because this Greek offering is a delightful combination of self-pity, dark humor and utter drama. It stars Christos Stergioglou (he won Best Actor at the Thessaloniki Festival) playing Antonis, a depressed, yet once beloved actor whose career has slowly slipped out of his fingers with time and age. To combat this career plight, Antonis comes up with the lame, cheap idea to stage his own kidnapping to regain the adoration and win the hearts and sympathy of his fans once again. Not only does this film manage to accentuate the craze that comes with fame from the famous to their fans, but (in Greek film style) it also manages to touch on the country at the time, which was in an economic depression so to speak. I must say, I always love it when a film can unfold both as the country and its characters lend so much value to a story. It is fun and funny to watch Antonis wallow in his own self pity and self loathing, that may sound strange, but it is in the darkest parts of the film that humor comes alive. Please do not dream of counting this movie out, as "The Eternal Return Of Antonis" is TRULY a spectacular satirical masterpiece!

- Romy

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