Synopsis by Robert Firsching
One of the most unusual and shocking Greek films since Singapore Sling, this scabrous trilogy of very grim fairy tales aims to appall and succeeds in spades, particularly because all three tales deal with violent death, and the first two focus on sexual violence perpetuated on young children. The first segment, "The Limousine Man," was written and directed by Menios Ditsas and stars Vangelis Kazan as the titular character, a would-be Fagin who sends children onto the streets to sell flowers and beg for money. Eventually an androgynous creature called Pool shows up, murders the Limousine Man, and turns the business into a full-scale international operation, only this time the children are being sold for their body parts. In Kostas Zirinis's "Tarantula," a prince (Tassos Papadakis) violates little girls and then sells them to others who wish to commit similar depravities. Meanwhile, a woman called Tarantula (Tonia Stavropoulou) roams the streets looking for her father, who had raped her twelve years earlier. Searching among derelicts, she rapes each man she meets, slashing his throat with a razor. There's also a peculiar bum called The Madman (Christos Tsangas) who lives with the prince and eventually becomes both Tarantula's road to meeting him (he is, of course, her father) and her salvation. The final story is a seriously warped variation of "Sleeping Beauty," written and directed by Thanassis Skroubelos, centering on a mortuary makeup artist named Koulis the Barber (Yiorgos Konstas). Sleeping Beauty (Eleftheria Rigou) brings Koulis the corpse of her father, who died of a drug overdose. This doesn't stop the deceased man from getting up to do the occasional impromptu tango with his daughter, who is torn between him and her feelings for Koulis. What those feelings actually are is not quite clear, because Sleeping Beauty ends up seriously disturbing Koulis's mind before leading him with her to death.