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Absences (1987)
Απουσίες (original title)
Apoussies (title with latin characters)
Fiction, 84 min
 
Production country   Greece
Language   Greek
Director   George Katakouzinos
Scriptwriters   George Katakouzinos, Dimitris Nollas
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On the eve of the First World War a bourgeois family finds itself on the verge of breaking up. The mother has already deserted the family and the father, a colonel, keeps his three daughters and the illegitimate son of his eldest daughter, enclosed in their country home, believing that in this way he can salvage the remnants of his self respect. After the father's death, the eldest sister, burdened with guilt and a strong sense of self-punishment, will take the father's place and will try to impose on her sisters the continuation of the order of things. The conflict is unavoidable when the second sister perceives that in this way she is being deprived of a life of her own - isn't this just the way her mother was deprived? The cause for the conflict which will prove fatal for the eldest lies in the person of an army doctor with whom the second sister will run off. Α man of experience and position regarding life he will act as a catalyst and will provoke a chain of eruptions in the relations of the three sisters. After the natural annihilation of the eldest and the flight of the second sister, the youngest will remain alone, suddenly free and undecided, at once the memory and the narrator of the events. There is a constant exalting contact between life and death, red and black, passion and solitude. Beyond analysis, this film simply calls for an emotional approach.

 
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Color / Black & White   Color
Aspect ratio   1.66:1
Production format   35mm
Distribution format   35mm
 
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