Anaparastasi - Αναπαράσταση


Anaparastasi - Αναπαράσταση

Theo AngelopoulosGreece – 1970

The film is based on an actual event, the murder of a Greek worker living in Germany by his barmaid wife Eleni and her lover Christos, who falsify the evidence of the husband's return to Germany but are suspected by a sister-in-law and eventually accuse each other of the crime. A woman murders her husband, upon his return home after a long absence, with the complicity of the lover who has relieved her loneliness. Costas Ghoussis, an emigrant recently returned to his native country, is coming back from the fields, a shovel on his shoulder. He pushes open the garden gate in front of his house and calls his wife: Eleni! She does not answer; the reason: she is hidden behind the door of the kitchen with another man, Christos, a gamekeeper, the lover that she took during her husband's absence. Just as Costas crosses the threshold he is attacked and strangled. Despite their precautions, a relative of the victim suspects them and alerts the police. The criminals confess their crime. The reconstruction is that of the examining magistrate, whose inquiries are interspersed with sequences of the crime - although the actual murder is never shown - and with a social documentary which a TV unit (including the director himself) is making about the crime and the village. From the very first sequence, audience knows who was killed and how and who did it. The film closes as it began, cutting back to the husband's return to indicate an order which has been ruptured.

Original Title Anaparastasi - Αναπαράσταση
German Title Rekonstruktion
French Title Reconstitution
Other Titles Ricostruzione di un delitto
Directed by Theo Angelopoulos
Country Greece
Available Formats DVD, DCP
Screenplay Theo Angelopoulos, Stratis Karras, Thanassis Valtinos
Film Editing Takis Davlopoulos
Cinematography Giorgos Arvanitis
Décors Mikes Karapiperis
Production Giorgis Samiotis
Runtime 100 Min.
Language Griechisch/d/f
Toula Stathopoulou Eleni
Yannis Totsikas Hristos Gikas
Thanos Grammenos Eleni's Brother
Petros Hoedas Investigator
Mihalis Fotopoulos Kostas Gousis
Yannis Balaskas Polizist

Thessaloniki Film Festival 1971: Best Director,  Best Cinematography, Best Film, Best Actress, Critics’ Prize

Hyeres Film Festival 1971: Best Foreign Film; Georges Sadoul Award

Berlin Filmfestival: Special Mention, FIPRESCI


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