Dying In Athens

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Director: NIKOS PANAYOTOPOULOS

What’s a shameless philanderer with a gorgeous wife and two nubile mistresses to do when diagnosed with a fatal disease? As Dying In Athens (Pethainontas Stin Athina) would have it, indulge, while belting out a song or two.

This male-fantasy musical is strictly tongue-in-cheek, serving up a Mediterranean approach to love, marriage, and fooling around, and a cast that’s easy on the eyes. (European Union Film Festival)

This unexpected romp from veteran director Panayotopoulos, 67, an old U Film Society, Mn Film Arts fest regular for years, has come up with a poetic Greek version of Umbrellas of Cherbourg in an emotional parade of song, smiles and tears as Andreas, an art history professor doesn’t let his trio of mistresses in on his hospital stay. Unknown to him, the three women are fully aware of his critical condition. While he ponders how to tell the truth, they form a holy alliance so he can die happy, whether through reconciliation or last-minute revelation. The music is superb, as are the women.

(In Greek with English subtitles)

GREECE • 2006 • 100 MINUTES • DIRECTOR: NIKOS PANAYOTOPOULOS