Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
The age-old antagonism between urbanites living a progressive lifestyle versus the relatively isolated rural classes and their tendency to conservatism is a serious concern in this movie on Greece and its gamut of citizens, from the impoverished peasant, to the radicalized city-dweller. In this story, a professor marries for the second time and then goes to teach in a small village, wanting to impart his love of ancient literature and philosophy (his sons from his preceding marriage are named Demosthenes and Socrates) to the students. Once at the school, however, he soon finds that the students are very limited in number because most young people have gone off to the city to live and make their fortune. Within the village itself there are clashes between the more forward-looking individuals who are trying to fight injustices such as police brutality, and the traditionally conservative "good citizens." This division comes to a climax on one national holiday when the students at the school revolt against the establishment: their professors, their parents, and the immediate powers-that-be. This film won several awards at the 1981 Thessaloniki Film Festival, including that of "Best Actor" for Vassilis Diamantopoulos.
country-life, professor, tradition