Shores of Twilight | Chicago Reader

Shores of Twilight

Greek director Efthimios Hatzis says one of his goals is to “help you see a person's face a lot better,” and his 1999 debut, based on a 1907 novel by Alexandros Papadiamantis, is haunted by the protagonist's early glimpse of a beautiful young woman through a window. Bathed in golden light, she seems to float in a dreamlike space between intimacy and distance, and listening to three older men tell their own tales of love gives him the courage to search for her. Much of the film was shot around sunrise or sunset, giving its images the tenuous illumination of twilight; characters appear in silhouette against bright backgrounds or in isolating close-ups that make them seem weightless. This is as much a light poem as a narrative.

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