Directed by: Argyris Papadimitropoulos
Starring: Makis Papadimitriou (Kostis), Elli Tringou (Anna), Marcus Collen (Morten)
Country: Greece; Effed Up European Films
Language: Greek, English (Eng Subs); Effed Up Greek Movies
Genres: Older-Younger Relationships, Depression
Plot – Spoilers:
A plump, balding, sullen-faced doctor arrives at a small Greek island that attracts tourists during the summer. The townsfolk are friendly and eager to include him in their community, something he accepts politely but without much enthusiasm.
One summer morning, a group of twenty-somethings burst into his clinic after one of the girls, Anna, crashes her bike. The hyperactive friends are obnoxious, partly because they probably think that’s the default state of every tourist, but mostly they are so, by virtue of their relative youth. They mildly bully and patronize the doctor – one of them even pats him on his bald head like a little doggie – but he doesn’t mind and is rather invigorated, while being hopelessly attracted to Anna. The group humor him for a while because he’s amusing in his eagerness to please. Anna too encourages them to include him when they party, perhaps because he’s shy, awkward and gentle in contrast to the testosterone she’s used to being drowned in.
Apart from being mostly obnoxious, the group also seems to be collectively experiencing a delayed onset of preteen-boredom as they insist on often exclaiming aloud that they’re bored. The doc finds it harder to keep up with their need-for-stimulation and hurriedly ends work every day to hang out with them. His reputation in town as the reliable medicine man drops and he soon learns something about everyone. Whether it’s peers or his young new friends – they’re nice to you as long as you play by their rules.