Playing Parts | Chicago Reader

Playing Parts

Greek director Panayotis Portokalakis, making his feature debut, sets this lackluster 2003 drama in the waning Middle Ages, presumably to spice things up with colorful costumes, picturesque ruins, and a flamboyant Greek chorus in the guise of traveling players. A reckless stage beauty (Lena Kitsopoulou), ensconced in a general's castle as his consort, is admired by many but scorned by the general's mother, who equates actresses with harlots. Miffed by this, and bored with country life, the heroine embarks on an affair with a courtier friend of the general's son. The characters aren't developed enough for the film to work as tragedy, and the actress's caprices undermine the love story; what's left is a sluggishly paced morality tale with no discernible moral. In Greek with subtitles. 85 min.

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