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Stratos masterfully blends previous Economides with chilling, dark
Stratos is a man
trying to find redemption in a decadent world, where morals and personal
boundaries have been replaced by money as the only value.
years in prison, he now works in a bread factory - and as a contract killer.
With the money he wants to help his friend who once saved his life. He always
pays his debts, but he must learn that the price is higher than expected.--The
noir with a strong social under-current running all through it, Yannis
Economides’ new film Stratos (To mikro psari) urgently tries to play his own
acerbic comments on the present state of Greek affairs on an instrument that has
far too many strings and seems to be never tuned properly enough to accommodate
all the melodies it is supposed to sound. All these ingredients are thrown into
the same pot, but what comes out is a series of righteous statements tied
together by several, vastly overlong, intersecting and highly defused plots.
Dir: Yannis Economides.
Greece-Germany-Cyprus. 2014. 137mins
by Yannis Economides
By night, Stratos works in a bread factory but by day, he’s a professional
hit man. He needs the cash to free Leonidas from prison because the latter once
saved his life when he was behind bars. For Stratos, this is simply a question
of honour. We’ve no idea how many people he’s already killed, but we do notice
that he still has a conscience. He attentively looks after a neighbour’s child,
eight-year-old Katharina, as well as her mother and an uncle. At last he has
enough money for the prison break-out. But Leonidas is lured into a bloody trap,
by his brother of all people, who disappears with the money. At the same time
Stratos learns that little Katharina is in danger – both psychologically and
physically. He must act, even if this means following one wrongdoing with
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