I Timi Tis Agapis (1984)

Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - Greece  |  
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This engrossing psychological and romantic drama unfolds a poignant story about a young woman maturing in experience and understanding as her mother staunchly upholds views the daughter cannot accept. Epistimi, the mother in question (Toula Stathopoulou) has four children and an alcoholic husband to worry about, and has to work in a factory to provide for her family. When young Andreas starts courting Epistimi's older daughter, René (Anny Loulou), he eventually asks for a rather large dowry in the context of their planned marriage - it seems he has to pay off the mortgage on his father's house. Epistimi cannot - and will not - give him all the money he wants so when she offers only half that amount, René runs off with Andreas. Their life together is not ideal since Andreas is involved in less than legal activities, and losing money into the bargain. When he asks Epistimi for more money so he can marry René and save the house they live in, Epistimi refuses again. By this time, René is starting to reconsider the wisdom of her decision to run away, especially since she discovers that she is expecting. No solution seems easy at this point in time, and René knows she will have to decide what to do next, on her own.

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alcoholism, coming-of-age, dowry, love, pregnancy, romance, runaway [from home]