Elpida has devoted her entire life to raising her daughter, who left home a couple of years ago to live abroad with her despotic husband. Now she’s feeling lonely, going through a rough menopause with no one she can really lean on. Aside from her gossipy neighbor, who’s all wrapped up in herself, Elpida doesn’t keep in touch with anyone; she barely leaves the apartment. But when a renovation gets underway in her building, a handsome laborer awakens Elpida’s long-suppressed passions and desires. At the same time, the inexorable changes in her body significantly distort her perception of reality, which is no longer clear and straightforward. This impressively mature debut by Cyprus-born director Tonia Mishiali, with an amazing performance by Stela Fyrogeni, is on one level a pointed critique of the patriarchal system. It’s also a strong representation of an aging woman—a type of character that gets marginalized and made invisible by a sexist culture that seems to only care about youth.
Tonia Mishali, Anna Fotiadou
Stella Fyrogeni, Andreas Vasileiou, Popi Avram, Marios Ioannou, Prokopis Agathokleous