Reconstruction - Anaparastasi

Theo Angelopoulos – Greece – 1970


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Costas Ghoussis, an emigrant recently returned to his native country, is coming back from the fields, a shovel on his shoulder. He pushes open the garden gate in front of his house and calls his wife: Eleni! She does not answer; the reason: she is hidden behind the door of the kitchen with another man, Christos, a gamekeeper, the lover that she took during her husband's absence. Just as Costas crosses the threshold he is attacked and strangled. Despite their precautions, a relative of the victim suspects them and alerts the police. The criminals confess their crime. The reconstruction is that of the examining magistrate, whose inquiries are interspersed with sequences of the crime – although the actual murder is never shown – and with a social documentary which a TV unit (including the director himself) is making about the crime and the village. From the very first sequence, audience knows who was killed and how and who did it. The film closes as it began, cutting back to the husband's return to indicate an order which has been ruptured.

 uses the actual event – a local murder – as a point of departure for a devastating view of something far more important: the death of a village, of a whole world.

trigon-film dvd-edition 206
Language OV greek Subtitles français, deutsch
Length 97 min. Screen 4/3 PAL, b&w Sound DD 1.0 FSK 16+ Region code All regions
Bonus Interview with Theo Angelopoulos  

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