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A game performance by lead actress Maria Zorba can't save "Save Me" from spiraling into a wispy confection as it follows a single woman bereft of support, both emotional and financial. Shot on DV, but lensed and edited like a conventional 35mm pic, this is an OK idea badly in need of a tighter script.

Cast:
<b>With:</b> Maria Zorba, Vasiliki Delliou, Alekos Syssovitis, Manolis Yorgos, Marili Mastrantoni, Yannis Tsortekis.

A game performance by lead actress Maria Zorba can’t save “Save Me” from spiraling into a wispy confection as it follows a single woman bereft of support, both emotional and financial. Shot on DV, but lensed and edited like a conventional 35mm pic, this is an OK idea badly in need of a tighter script.

Zorba plays Anna Milioni, a graphic designer at an Athens ad agency who’s behind on her mortgage payments as her ex-husband, Panos, keeps delaying on his half-share. When her fickle b.f., Mimi, walks out on her, she slowly starts to go haywire, and her problems only get worse when her boss sells out and she ends up jobless, dreaming of moving to San Francisco. Zorba is fine as the maturely sexy woman who “just can’t say no,” but voiceover sequences of her talking to herself while showering or swimming sit uneasily in the pic, and with little fresh material, the second half drags. Individual sequences, such as an evening out with a theater actor and Anna dragging her belongings to the airport, are well observed, but the whole hardly convinces at a psychological level.

— Derek Elley

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Production: A Strada Prods. production. (International sales: Greek Film Centre, Athens.) Produced by Panayotis Veremis. Directed, written by Stratos Tzitzis.

Crew: Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Yorgos Yanelis; editor, Vana Efstathiadou; music, Alexis Kalofolias; art director, Mihalis Topkaras. Reviewed at Montreal World Film Festival (World Cinema), Aug. 24, 2002. Running time: 103 MIN.

With: With: Maria Zorba, Vasiliki Delliou, Alekos Syssovitis, Manolis Yorgos, Marili Mastrantoni, Yannis Tsortekis.

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