Review: ‘Bonus’

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.

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.

Bonus

Greece

Production

A Mythos, Alpha TV, Odeon, Efficaz Investments, Greek Film Center production. (International sales: Greek Film Center, Athens.) Produced by Anastasios Vasiliou, Dionysis Samiotis. Executive producer, Eleni Tsatsoula. Directed by Nikos Zapatinas. Screenplay, Zapatinas, Hristos Voupouras.

Crew

Camera (Fujicolor), Argyris Theos; editor, Yorgos Triantafyllou; music, Lavrentis Maheritsas; art director/costumes, Damianos Zarifis. Reviewed on videocassette, London, Jan. 26, 2003. (In Thessaloniki Film Festival -- Greek Films 2002.) Running time: 88 MIN.

With

Petros Filippidis, Evelina Papoulia, Maria Martika, Vasilis Halakatevakis, Mathilde Mangira, Aspasia Tzitzikaki, Sylvia Venizelea, Afroditi Alsaleh, Sifis Vardakis, Katerina Skourli, Tania Kapsali.
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