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Dyskoloi apohairetismoi: O babas mou (Hard Goodbyes: My Father)

Dyskoloi apohairetismoi: O babas mou (Hard Goodbyes: My Father) (2003)

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85

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 4

Karayannis handles the lead role well, and the result is a poignant exploration of grief.

90

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 1

Karayannis handles the lead role well, and the result is a poignant exploration of grief.

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 40

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Penny Panayotopoulou's debut feature, Dhiskoli Apoheretismi: O Babas Mou (Hard Goodbyes: My Father), is a drama about an Athenian family coping with a death. In May 1969, ten-year old Elias (Giorgos Karayannis) is obsessed with the possibility of man landing on the moon and dreams up outrageous fantasy lives. When his father dies unexpectedly, he creates an elaborate fantasy that allows the father to stay alive in the boy's mind. His older brother and his mother have their own techniques for

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (4)

A tender and moving drama that deserves wider exposure.

October 11, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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Hard Goodbyes could easily have been maudlin, but isn't. Credit an adult script and realistic acting, especially by Giorgos Karayannis as Elias.

September 16, 2005
New York Post
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Panayotopoulou does handle the material with sensitivity, but she relies too much on her young hero's unlikely precocity, which unwittingly diminishes the intensity of a child's very real grief.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Considering the delicate and weighty subject matter, the film's tone is surprisingly light, sometimes even humorous, which helps to balance the harsh sentiments that death inevitably brings.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A tender Greek drama documenting a child's disbelief in the face of his father's death.

September 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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About nothing so much as a soulful kid's first encounter with the most literal and poetic meanings of the word 'gone.'

April 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Goes from being appropriately child-like to simply childish.

July 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Panayotopoulou's story has the ring of autobiographical truth, getting the details of the period and of childhood in general right at every turn.

May 5, 2005 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A sublimely subjective journey from denial to acceptance as a 10-year-old boy comes to terms with the finality of death.

April 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Begins to take on an allegorical, global feel.

April 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Greek director-writer Penny Panayotopoulou's compelling debut feature is a psychological drama about an Athenian family dealing with grief.

February 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Not perfect, exciting, fresh, but well crafted, well acted, and very well directed

February 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

...has about it the whiff of autobiography, given the specificity of the details and the odd, enchanting drift from an initial tone of social realism toward fantasy.

January 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

With soft heartedness and beautiful imagery, the film aptly captures the feeling of disbelief and aversion that hits children in a time of loss.

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Youngster Giorgos Karayannis is a marvel in this touching Greek drama about a son's devotion to his father.

January 14, 2005 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

It features an endearing, mature performance from its juvenile lead.

November 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Aptly captures the feeling of disbelief and aversion that hits children in a time of loss.

November 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregon Herald

Ultimately doesn't have anything that I haven't seen before in My Life as a Dog or a hundred other movies just like it.

July 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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