Review: ‘Thief Or Reality’

Falling into the category of performance art crossed with music-less ballet, "Thief or Reality" is a hard-core chunk of philosophical musings on fate, chance and free will that's destined for experimental fests and special events at art institutes.

Falling into the category of performance art crossed with music-less ballet, “Thief or Reality” is a hard-core chunk of philosophical musings on fate, chance and free will that’s destined for experimental fests and special events at art institutes. Angelidi shows a consistently rich and provocative visual style, but the dialogue and overall meaning remain a secret between her and co-writer, Rea Wallden.

Shot entirely in a studio and divided into three sections (“The Net,” “The Dice,” “Free Will”), film explores aspects of sexuality, sensation, memory and apocalypse in darkly tragic imagery, often with the grace of a dancer. Characters are abstracts, and movement sometimes recalls that of ancient Greek tragedy. There’s a striking sensuality to the frequent images of female nudity, but the uncommitted will tune out early on. Technical credits are tip-top.

Thief Or Reality

Greece

Production

A Greek Film Centre, ERT, Town Film Co. production. (International sales: Greek Film Centre, Athens.) Produced, directed by Antonietta Angelidi. Screenplay, Angelidi, Rea Wallden.

Crew

Camera (color), Elias Konstantakopoulos; editor, Ioanna Spiliopoulou; music, Thodoris Abazis; art directors, Angelidi, Constantinos Kypriotakis. Costumes, Christina Papoulia. Reviewed at Locarno Film Festival (Filmmakers of the Present), Aug. 10, 2001. Original title: Kleftis i pragmatikotita. Running time: 83 MIN.

With

Nikos Pantelidis, Parthenopi Bouzouri, Evrikleia Sofroniadou, Angela Brouskou, Katerina Karayanni, Despina Hadzipavlidou.
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