Review: ‘Ikaro’s Dream’

A desultory nonstarter about a Greek tyke determined to become a musician, "Ikaro's Dream" is a tough sit for auds anywhere and appears to have no prospects outside of sympathetic regional exhibs.

A desultory nonstarter about a Greek tyke determined to become a musician, “Ikaro’s Dream” is a tough sit for auds anywhere and appears to have no prospects outside of sympathetic regional exhibs.

The son of a beautiful woman (Anna Mougalis) and a priest (Nikos Aliagas), young Elias (Agelos Sifonios) dreams of being a professional clarinetist and playing with regional Greek bands, but prospects are bleak in his northern mountain village of Epirus. His mother is dead set against this career choice, but that doesn’t stop the boy from daydreaming. Occasionally, he even jumps out the window of his classroom; “frontiers are just imaginary,” someone says. Along the way, Elias meets various eccentrics, including a witch and inventor Costa (Renos Charlabidis). Vet helmer Costa Natsis, who apprenticed in the 1960s with Pasolini and Clement but hasn’t made a feature since 1999’s “Innocent,” favors long static takes and moody perfs. Tech credits are nothing special, with evocative cinematography on exotic locations underscoring languorous rhythm. Petros Lukas’ flavorful score is fatally offset by the airless studio overdubs of musicians. Though performed in Greek, pic’s title and closing credit crawl are in English.

–Eddie Cockrell

Ikaro's Dream

France - Greece

Production

A Love Streams production. Produced by Agnes B. Directed by Costa Natsis. Screenplay, Suzanne Schiffman, Bruno Huberlot, Natsis.

Crew

Camera (color), Stamatis Yanoulis; editor, Takis Yanopoulos; music, Petros Lukas; production designer, Dimitris Ziakis. Reviewed at New Montreal Film Festival (competing), Sept. 18, 2005. Greek dialogue. Running time: 88 MIN.

With

Anna Mougalis, Nikos Aliagas, Agelos Sifonios, Renos Charlabidis.
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