ProducerAmanda Livanou, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Klaudia Śmieja, Beata Rzeźniczek
WriterBabis Makridis & Efthimis Filippou
CountryGreece, Poland, 2018
LanguageGreek with English subtitles
StarringYannis Drakopoulos, Evi Saoulidou, Nota Tserniafski, Makis Papadimitriou, Georgina Chryskioti, Evdoxia Androulidaki, Nikos Karathanos
“[This film exerts] the bracing, mouth-shuddering tang of neat ouzo: You know how it’s going to taste but it leaves you wincing anyway.” -Variety
Tapped from the vein of the so-called Greek Weird Wave of cinema – and written by its director with co-scribe of The Lobster and Dogtooth, Efthimis Filippou – Pity depicts a lawyer living a dark existence in a sun-drenched world. His wife is in a coma following an unspecified accident, and he walks around as though in one too, calling on the sympathy of those around him. When she wakes, everything is not okay. The world is not cruel enough for this man.
Famed television comedian Yannis Drakopoulos presents a “canvas of nuanced expressions” in Pity, “ranging from melancholy to jealousy to psychotic, without seemingly moving a brow” (MUBI Notebook). Whereas fixed composition, static camerawork and muted performances have become a hallmark of Greek Weird Wave, they take on new narrative importance here, with the lawyer as emotionally stuck as this film is visually.
It all leads to a catastrophic finale that would make the paragons of Greek tragedy proud.