Synopsis by Robert Firsching
This skillful but rather overwrought war film from Greek writer-director Nikos Tzimas deals with a pair of guerrillas and their activities spanning nearly four decades during World War II and the Greek Civil War. Told in flashback, the film traces their lives from Greece at the start of the war to Albania and their battles against the Italians, then through the German occupation, the resistance movement, and the creation of the left-wing liberation front ELAS, culminating in their activities during the Greek Civil War. There is romance as well, as one of the guerrillas (Christos Kalavrousos) goes through a series of soap-opera-like passions and tribulations with his beloved wife (Katerina Koutrouvida). It's all a bit daft, but deserves a look for a quick summary of what may be an unfamiliar slice of 20th century history. Manos Katrakis co-stars with Titos Vandis (The Exorcist) and Michalis Stamatakis.