Agonia Yia Ton Erota (1969)

Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Robert Firsching

This standard-issue melodrama from the generally more daring Greek director Yiannis Kokkolis (To Piramatozoo) manages more disbelieving giggles than pathos in its tale of a young woman (Maria Sokali) who seeks an affair to free her from the crushing reality of her doomed marriage. She falls in love with a pleasant-seeming young epileptic (Panos Kateris), who helps her escape her situation in a fantasy romance, which is nevertheless doomed to tragedy. Greek films often tread a dangerous line between achingly romantic fantasy and maudlin silliness, and this film's climax -- the death of Kateris' pet dove and his subsequent murder of Sokali in a misguided attempt to give her the ultimate gift of freedom -- clearly falls into the latter category. Theodoros Kostas was responsible for the ridiculous script, and his only other credit was co-writing the similar Erotikes Stigmes (1972), which had to be re-written by Kokkolis to make it marginally less laughable. This one co-stars Spyros Pappas, Rita Moussouri, and Kostas Fyssoun.