In a complex interweaving of drama, history and allegory, this Greek film tells the story of the tours of a theatrical troupe along the Greek isles between 1939 and 1952. In each town, the troupe enacts the play "Golfo the Shepherdess." Simultaneously, an actress in the troupe is searching for a way to exact vengeance against her mother whom she believes was responsible for the death of her father. Her brother, a resistance fighter, helps her accomplish this. This level of the story re-creates, in "real life," the classical Greek drama of the Orestaia. At the same time, Greece is fully embroiled in the Second World War, political struggles, and its own Civil War. This film exists in several versions: the one which is 230 minutes long is the original, preferred version.
by Clarke Fountain synopsis