Petrina Chronia (1985)

Run Time - 142 min.  |   Countries - Greece, West Germany  |  
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In an engaging though slow-paced story of love and persecution, Eleni (Themis Bazaka) and Babis (Dimitris Katalifos) meet and fall in love in 1954 -- he is 22 and an active member of the proscribed Communist Party, she is 18 and shares his political sympathies. When Babis is caught distributing Party leaflets he is sent to prison, while Eleni escapes by hiding out with friends. Twelve years later, Babis is released from prison during an amnesty, and the couple spend an idyllic, though limited time together. Ironically, Eleni is finally caught and arrested and while she is sent to prison (pregnant), Babis remains faithful to her on the outside. The couples' fortunes continue to vacillate until the downfall of the military dictatorship in 1974.