Festival year: 2011
Stavros and his three chauvinist friends hang out in front of his ill-frequented store at a peaceful square in Athens, while uttering condescending remarks about Albanian and Chinese people walking by. Their routine is disrupted when Stavros’ mother recognizes an Albanian worker as her lost son. What does this mean for his nationality? A Greek tragic comedy about xenophobia.
A few yards away from them sits Stavros’ old mother, with a bored look on her face. She recently suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and is confused. When one day she takes an Albanian building worker for her son, Stavros believes she has gone insane. Doubt sets in, though, when his mother turns out to speak Albanian fluently. That turns his world upside down.
Greece, Germany 2009, 103 min.
Spoken language: Greek, Albanian
Subtitles: Dutch, English
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