Aponie Zoe (1964)

Genres - Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama  |  
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Synopsis by Robert Firsching

During the 1960s, the Greek cinema developed a strange fascination with romantic melodramas hinging on the notion that the central lovers could possibly be related, usually brother and sister. From the nation which produced Oedipus Rex and Elektra, this trend toward incestuous story lines should not be surprising, but what is rather odd is that in nearly every one of the dozens of variations on this theme released at the time, the couple turns out to not be related in any way. The result is a clutch of identically predictable melodramas that nevertheless found an audience despite failing to deliver the very taboo that they exploited. This effort from director Panos Glykofridis is typical of the subgenre, but manages to become even more maudlin by bringing in the "wrong side of the tracks" story line which had been beaten to death around the world for decades already. Christos Nengas is the poor boy who falls in love with rich girl Mema Stathopoulou, then starts to believe that she may be his sister. She is not, of course, and the two live happily ever after. The familiar supporting cast includes Miranda Myrat, Katy Gogou, and the unavoidable Lavrentis Dianellos.