Female Company

Produced by Manos Krezias.

Produced by Manos Krezias.

Directed by Nikos Perakis. Screenplay, Katerina Bei, Perakis. Camera (color), Yorgos Argyroiliopoulos; editor, Yorgos Mavropsaridis; music, Nikos Mamangakis; art director, Olga Leontiadou; costumes, Vasso Tranidou. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (market), Feb. 17, 2000. Original title: Thiliki eteria. Running time: 107 MIN.

With: Maria Yorgiadou, Smaragda Diamantidou, Sofi Zanninou, Christina Theodoropoulou, Tania Kapsali, Katia Nikolaidou, Smaragda Karidi, Nikos Kalogeropoulos, Antonis Kafetzopoulos, Alekos Syssovitis, Emilios Hilakis.

There’s a distinctly Almodovarian fragrance to “Female Company,” a spirited comedy by Nikos Perakis (“Loafing and Camouflage”) about six “emotionally deprived” wives who decide to stop bitching about sex and start doing it. One of last year’s three big local hits at the Greek box office, along with “The Mating Game” and “Safe Sex,” this is a good-looking entry for specialized Eurowebs without equaling the engaging quality of “Game.”

With its sparky femme chatter, good-natured sack action and occasional broad comedy, pic strongly recalls recent Hispanic relationship comedies. The well-heeled women all have spouses who are big wheels in the unnamed port town; instead of meeting to play cards and moan, they start using an apartment that belongs to one of them (Maria Yorgiadou), as a trysting spot. Unbeknown to them, however, a seedy P.I. is taping their every roll. The larger-than-life cast requires some sorting out in the early stages, and there’s also a calculated feel to the whole thing that robs it of true charm. But casting and ensemble work are smooth, with Yorgiadou and Smaragda Diamantidou (as her forthright friend) taking top honors.

Female Company

(GREECE)

Production: An Odeon release of an Odeon/Greek Film Center/A-Sky/Mythos/Nikos Perakis production. (International sales: Greek Film Center, Athens.)

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