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.

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

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

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

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