Strella (A Woman's Way) (2009)
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A jaw breaking provocative drama weaves elements from traditional Greek tragedies and through some astonishing performances unfolds a decidedly modern story. There are twists in the story that would feel like slap in the face and if it had not been so controversial it could have won numerous awards for the subtle direction, a bold story and truly touching performances.
Strella is everything a cinephile would want and more. Koutras lets Neil Jordan and his "Crying Game" bite the dust with this curious underground gem of his. The HUGE Oedipal complex that explodes in the middle of the film like a caleidoscope, under the lights of which one of the most daring erotic scenes in the Greek Cinema evolves, leaves the audience gasping as they swiftly consider the obvious ramifications. Strella is despite its gay theme a film you'd like to watch: because it is honest, daring, and ... because it has a script that is good enough and humaine enough to keep you satisfied. Compared to the standard commercial movies you watch, Strella is years of light ahead. Compared to "Kynodontas" (Dogtooth) another Greek film for the cinephile audience, "Strella" is simply Oscar material...
A masculine movie in spite of the exceptional twist somewhere in the middle,Koutras is evolving,leaving behind aliens and bourgeois salons,there's simply a bohemian state of free-spirited individuals (with a fine sense of rhythm in the frame by frame observance of the social status) alongside the neglect for but also the casualty of "strange" people. Orfanou playing the titular transsexual sparkles in her debut and Kokiasmenos presents a stiffed ex-inmate,beginning a chain reaction stretching to a (curiously enough) panegyric finale.
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