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A Foolish Love (1981)
Οι απέναντι (original title)
I apenanti (title with latin characters)
Fiction, 110 min
 
Production country   Greece
Language   Greek
Director   Giorgos Panoussopoulos
Scriptwriters   Giorgos Panoussopoulos, Philippos Drakontaidis
Producer   Giorgos Panoussopoulos
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The film is set in present-day Athens, a city dominated by Americanized behavioural models and life-styles. But the setting overlaps with the private world of the central character. He is a young man aged about 20 who lives with his widowed mother in one of the innumerable nondescript apartments lost in the great concrete jungle which Athens has become. He wants to study astronomy at the University, and spends most of his time scrutinizing the stars and the surrounding world through an ancient telescope, which his grandfather had used long ago to look for mermaids in the Aegean sea. On the other side of the wide avenue, in a rather similar apartment, lives Stella with her husband and daughter. Trapped in the dull, mechanical routine of a meaningless marriage devoid of joy or pleasure, she feels her youth slipping away and grey middle-age creeping up on her. The young man, Haris, follows her movements through his spyglass for a whole week. He gradually drops out of his gang of friends who spend every evening playing with death astride their lethal motorbikes. He plunges deeper and deeper into Stella's life; before the end of the week he finds he is in love with her. Their only point of contact is the telephone. Then one day, Stella makes her decision, prompted by the wild, persistent call of Haris' youth. On Sunday, around noon, she crosses the wide avenue and offers herself to him, without fear or shame. Before the day is over, this foolish, ill-matched love will have completed a full circle. Stella goes back home. What are the prospects for love in this city?
 
Technical Specifications Image / Sound
Color / Black & White   Color
Aspect ratio   1.66:1
Production format   35mm
Distribution format   35mm
 
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