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

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

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

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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 dealing with the tragedy. Hard Goodbyes: My Father was screened at the Locarno Film Festival, where Karayannis was awarded the Best Actor citation.

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

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (10)

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 | Rating: 3/4
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 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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
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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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