God Loves Caviar Reviews
In times of economic turmoil for my country, Greece, Yiannis Smaragdis (Kavafis, El Greco) continues ostensibly to think big, in terms of production values. I guess the russian funding should have played a decisive role to that daring project. Honestly, the epic story of the born greek pirate Vavrvakis, albeit little known to his compatriots, apart from being acclaimed as one of new greek state
(1830) great benefactors, was a life lived to the fullest, passion- driven, danger-defying and personal tragedies overridden. It?s a common pattern for Smaragdis to preserve traditional, nearly fairy tale-like storytelling, entertaining a history lesson for grade students, rather than aiming for a more individual, less folklore approach. There are always the pros and the cons that come with this combo: idyllic cinematography, uplifting score to pinpoint the present importance of its message, almost linear character development. Easy come-easy go. Add the indispensable in such multinational projects funny man John Cleese and grand dame Catherine Deneuve, a plethora of greek stars in cosmetic roles (Lakis Lazopoulos, Giannis Vouros, Pavlos Kontogiannidis, Akis Sakellariou) and a strong masculine lead, a cross between George Corraphace and Pasxalis Charouhas (Sebastian Coch, back from obscurity after The Lives of Others). The film opened here in a small screening room to a couple dozens of journalists. I hope it fare significantly better after its greek release, come early October. This is not the freaky new wave of greek art house film as signalled lately by George Lanthimos and co, but it will appeal to infrequent moviegoers, who use to overflow greek movie theaters a decade ago with Politiki Kouzina.