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Trilogia: To livadi pou dakryzei (The Weeping Meadow) (2004)

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Master Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos wrote and directed this downbeat look at his nation's often blighted history, as seen through the eyes of an unfortunate young couple. In 1919, a band of Greek refugees who had found a home in Odessa are forced to return to their homeland following the Russian Revolution, and they settle in Thessaloniki, a forbidding riverside village where few wish to dwell. Eleni is a youngster who arrives in Thessaloniki and is taken in by Spyros (Vassilis Kolovos), one of the village leaders. While Eleni is raised as a member of the family alongside Alexis, Spyros' son, the two find themselves attracted to one another as they grow older, and they pledge to someday marry. By the age of 16, Eleni (Alexandra Aidini) becomes pregnant by Alexis (Nikos Poursadinis), and she gives birth to twins, which Spyros puts up for adoption. However, after the death of his wife, Spyros declares that he will make the now-grown Eleni his new spouse. Eleni and Alexis see no choice but to run away together, and they join up with a band of traveling musicians led by Nikos (Giorgos Armenis). But an angry Spyros declares that he will find the runaways, while Eleni and Alexis attempt to stay one step ahead of him while searching for their lost children. Theo Angelopoulos announced that The Weeping Meadow will be the first film in a trilogy which will represent his final works.

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Cast

Eva Kotamanidou
as Cassandra
Michalis Yannatos
as Zissis, The Clarinetist
Giorgos Armenis
as Nikos, The Fiddler
Toula Stathopoulou
as Woman In Coffee House
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Critic Reviews for Trilogia: To livadi pou dakryzei (The Weeping Meadow)

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The Weeping Meadow doesn't offer quite enough sugar for its harsh medicine to go down easily.

November 15, 2007 | Full Review…
Salon.com
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It's a typically poetic film, rich in powerful imagery, which sees a bitter personal tragedy unfold against the major events of 20th century Greece.

November 15, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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We get a distractingly vapid couple who tend to drain the emotional resonance of these extraordinary, ever-shifting tableaux.

November 15, 2007 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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Churns like classic tragedy while its pace is set by Angelopoulos' trademark, spooky portentousness.

January 13, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
Seattle Times
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This is the first of an announced trilogy, but it already feels as long as the 20th century itself.

September 26, 2005
AV Club
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Angelopoulos has created a memorably sweeping survey, but even an epic needs some moments of genuine intimacy.

September 16, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
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