Landscapes in the Mist (Topio stin omichli) (1988)

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Produced, directed and written in his traditionally episodic fashion by Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos, the internationally produced Landscape in the Mist concentrates on a pair of runaway children, played by Tania Palaiogou and Michalis Zeke. The kids are en route to Germany, where they believe their father is dwelling. The adventures during their trek range from heartwarming (the kids are briefly "adopted" by a group of itinerant actors and by affable cyclist Stratos Tzortzoglou) and harrowing (Palaiogou is raped by a callous truck driver). The film's title refers to the kids' perception of the "promised land" of Germany. Landscape in the Mist was the recipient of numerous festival awards, including the 1988 Venice Film Festival Silver Lion. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Landscapes in the Mist (Topio stin omichli)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

There are some visually striking and dramatically effective moments in this film about two children who leave home for Germany in search of their father, but the 126 minutes seemed to last forever.

Full Review… | November 15, 2007
Chicago Reader
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If the overall tone is bleak in its portayal of betrayals, loneliness and disillusionment, Angelopoulos' assured control of mood, Giorgos Arvanitis' superb camerawork, and the kids' glowing performances provide ample pleasures.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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There are sights in the film that once seen cannot be forgotten.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
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To say that the Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos is a movie poet doesn't mean that the poetry isn't patience-trying or mediocre.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Angelopoulos observes this youthful epic with seasoned restraint.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Unfortunately, Angelopoulos' conceptual grip is so vise-like that these two never seem to break out into anything resembling the spontaneous behavior of kids.

Full Review… | November 15, 2007
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Landscapes in the Mist (Topio stin omichli)

Surprisingly good. It might be a little slow in the first half of it, but it is important for the construction of character in the story. Direction was amazing.

Bruno Lot
Bruno Lot
½

Pretty haunting, but the languoring shots didn't really make sense to me. Call me impatient, but after awhile, I don't care to stare at that lighthouse anymore.

Andy Cramer
Andy Cramer
½

Those negative reviews on this film by American cinema critics who only can see things in the totally Hollywood-oriented way are pathetic. As Greek and for Greek, Angelopoulos continues to tell stories in very Greek style - like old spectacular and emotional Greek myths, and that's what I admire of him most. Great story, great mise-en-scene as usual (although music is little bit too loud), great performance by child actors, great cinematography, and above all, great tempo (which is comparatively slow to these "mainstream" or "Hollywood" films). This film is definitely something not only to just "watch" but to "take part in" and "experience."

Naoya Kugimiya
Naoya Kugimiya

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