Liubi | Chicago Reader

Liubi

This steamy Greek romance (2005) has all the elements of a good soap opera—lust, greed, jealousy, revenge—but unfolds with unusual naturalism. A handsome ladies' man (Alexis Georgoulis) and his family are celebrating his engagement when the title character (Evgenia Kaplan), a lovely young Russian woman, arrives to begin her job as caregiver for the disabled mom. The woman's modesty and vulnerability make her the polar opposite of the man's fiancee, and soon he starts finding excuses to knock off work so he can help out at home. Writer-director Layia Yiourgou adroitly juggles plot twists and shifting points of view as she explores how one can be both blindsided and liberated by love. In Greek with subtitles. 94 min.

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