A garbage collector on the brink of retirement decides to have a final fling with life in “Bonus,” an enjoyable comedy of manners engagingly played by a popular cast. Professionally mounted, carefully directed movie would make a pleasant counterweight to artier stuff in Greek film weeks.
Night worker Pantelis (Petros Filippidis) is burdened by a mother-in-law (Maria Martika) who hates him and a wife (Aspasia Tzitzikaki) who wants to get her hands on his $12,000 retirement bonus. Only his daughter, Gogo (Katerina Skourli), loves him for himself. After a freebie for old times’ sake from a hooker friend, Vaso (Evelina Papoulia), Pantelis takes off on an impulse with his bonus and lives a life of Reilly that takes him to the Peloponnese, Santorini and finally Normandy, with various babes en route and his family on his tail. But Greece — and Vaso — still haunts his soul. Filippidis makes a likable, ordinary-Joe protag, and casting and locations are both attractive.