Review: ‘2000+1 Shots’

As New Year's Eve approaches at the end of 2000, eight lonely, alienated city dwellers struggle to connect with other human beings in "2000+1 Shots." Skillfully intercutting their stories, which converge in unexpected ways, this crisscrosser gradually shifts from everyday portraiture to drama as all connections turn out for the worst. Though bleak, this fourth film by helmer Dimitris Athanitis is admirably sincere and concise in describing a cross-section of today's Athenians. Hour-plus format makes it most apt for serious TV auds.

As New Year’s Eve approaches at the end of 2000, eight lonely, alienated city dwellers struggle to connect with other human beings in “2000+1 Shots.” Skillfully intercutting their stories, which converge in unexpected ways, this crisscrosser gradually shifts from everyday portraiture to drama as all connections turn out for the worst. Though bleak, this fourth film by helmer Dimitris Athanitis is admirably sincere and concise in describing a cross-section of today’s Athenians. Hour-plus format makes it most apt for serious TV auds.

A businessman’s life is threatened by competitors when he refuses to sell out. His wife, suspecting their marriage is over, discovers he has a young mistress. The girl, expecting his baby, begs him to spend New Year’s with her. A college student spies on the wife while he ignores an old gent down the hall spending the holidays alone. An unemployed man becomes a hired killer to escape poverty. The one heart-rending character is an Albanian child trying to survive on the street, who crosses all their paths unnoticed.

2000+1 Shots

Greece

Production

A DNA Films production. (International sales: DNA/Greek Film Center, Athens.) Produced, directed, written by Dimitris Athanitis.

Crew

Camera (color), Panos Theofanopoulos; editor, Kostas Raftopoulos; music, Spyros Vassiliou; art director, Yannis Gaitanidis. Reviewed at Thessaloniki Film Festival (Greek Films 2000), Nov. 15, 2000. Original title: 2000+1 stigmes. Running time: 75 MIN.

With

Vicky Volioti, Ieronymos Kaletsanos, Maria Protopappa, Dimosthenis Papadopoulos, Marianne Calbari.
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