Xenia (2015)


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The Greek Submission for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Winner of Gold Hugo, Best Film at the Chicago International Film Festival. XENIA follows two young brothers in search of their birth father across the colorful landscape of Greece. Dany, 16, leaves Crete to find his brother Odysseus who lives in Athens and they journey to Thessaloniki where they think their father is living. When the handsome Odysseus isn't protecting his day dreaming, gay younger brother, he auditions for the television talent show "Greek Star" where he pursues his fantasy of becoming a singing star. A comic and touching road trip of two brothers connecting and searching for their dreams.

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Yannis Stankoglou
as Lefteris Christopoulos
Marissa Triandafyllidou
as Vassiliki Christopoulos
Patty Pravo
as Patty Pravo
Romana Lobats
as Maria-Sonia
Romanna Lobats
as Maria-Sonia
Kostis Rampavilas
as Candidate for the Greek Singing Contest
Kostas Rampavilas
as Candidate for the Greek Singing Contest
Petros Chytiris
as Ricardo (Patty Pravo's Chauffeur)
Petros Chytris
as Ricardo (Patty Pravo's Chaffeur)
Electra Leda Koutra
as Ody's Lawyer
Maria Laina
as Junkie Ballerina
Dimitris Rakos
as Policeman
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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

Koutras admirably resists easy wish fulfillment by making the brothers' journey more important than their destination, but the scenario he presents inexplicably turns out to be fantasy.

Nov 5, 2015 | Full Review…

You come away from "Xenia" feeling a bit more alive and ready to throw caution to the wind.

Oct 11, 2015 | Full Review…

Though the story's finally too predictable and a little too thin to captivate for the film's entire two-hours-plus running time, the characters, their chemistry and their plight are compelling

Oct 7, 2015 | Full Review…

Brashly uneven and wildly overlong, this comedy of brotherly love and outsider acceptance nonetheless boasts a spirited, audience-pleasing core.

Oct 7, 2015 | Full Review…
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Pleasingly elliptical in the way it confronts Greece's concurrent crises of economic decline and ascendant militancy.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…

What Xenia captures (successfully, repeatedly) is that uncomfortable late teen age, where you're grasping desperately for your childhood and its safe comforts, and also itching to become new, independent, and powerful.

Aug 21, 2017 | Full Review…

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