Directed by: Petros Charalambous

Petros Charalambous’s follow-up to Boy on the Bridge (EUFF 2017) is a knotty, multi-faceted drama of middle-aged regret. Angeliki Papoulia, the fearless Greek actor at the centre of Yorgos Lanthimos’s break-out films Dogtooth (2009) and Alps (2011), stars as Chara, a complicated character who, in producer and writer Janine Teerling’s script, is presented with a series of foils:  her mother, a dreaded influence; the new hire at Chara’s workplace, childless and content; and a prickly teenaged intern, who she might take under her wing. “Chara’s family is everything to her, and yet she sometimes ponders a life without them … Charalambous’s psychological drama raises several provocative questions: What makes a woman a mother? And is motherhood a natural state of boundless love and caring, or is it an ideal imposed by society? A multilayered story of a woman struggling through moments of existential angst” (Sandra Hezinová, Karlovy Vary).

Cast: Angeliki Papoulia, Joy Rieger, Antonis Kafetzopoulos

greek, english
87 min
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[Horák] matches each of the film’s periods to a different style: the 1960s to the Czech New Wave, the 1970s to normalization films, and the 1980s to documentary-like grainy footage. The stylisation enables a fine adjustment of dramatic effects”

(Martin Kudláč, Cineuropa).


  • Bulgarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards 2018
  • Golden Rose Festival of Bulgarian film: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Critics Gild Award and Audience Award
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