Synopsis by Bhob Stewart
Pntelis Voulgaris directed this three-part Greek anthology film in which three middle-aged men confront their personal demons. In the 40-minute "A Silver Coin on the Lips," a Macedonian archaeologist (Dimitris Katalifos) stumbles onto the remains of a soldier with a coin on his lips, payment to the ferryman Charon of legend; this discovery reminds him of his son's death, and he departs for the border outpost where the death occurred. A 34-minute segment, "The Last of the Lesser Whites," takes place in Thrace where ornithologists meet with the game warden (Thanassis Vengos) who watches over a beautiful wilderness area with thousands of birds. A Norwegian woman in the group seeks the only known survivor of rare Bergen geese, but a poacher shoots it. The 40-minute "Vietnam" follows a rich factory owner (Giorgos Armenis), a man in such a state of emotional torment after his wife of many years leaves him that he drunkenly destroys a bar named Vietnam. Shown at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival.