Review: ‘Straight Story’

Normal is homo and abnormal is hetero in breezy, bright-looking "Straight Story," a mildly amusing role-reversal comedy that rarely goes any deeper than its initial premise.

Normal is homo and abnormal is hetero in breezy, bright-looking “Straight Story,” a mildly amusing role-reversal comedy that rarely goes any deeper than its initial premise. Though seemingly made for general audiences, this looks unlikely to travel much farther than gay fests, though the idea has remake potential with a thorough rewrite. Pic scored a reasonable 150,000 admissions locally.

Handsome young Yannis (Anthimos Ananiadis) is the son of mustachioed Stephanos (co-helmer/writer Vladimiros Kyriakidis) and mincing Petros (Hristos Hatzipanayotis), from whom he keeps it a secret that he has fallen in love with (gasp!) a girl. Said babe is Sofia (Kanellina Menouti), who shares her life with Zeta (Meni Konstantinidou) but, after getting drunk one night with Yannis, suddenly discovers she’s also straight. Script simply switches situations and dialogue from a gay romance; problem is, the characters have no personality, so when things get a bit conflicted later on, the whole structure creaks. Performances by Kyriakidis and Hatzipanayotis are on a par with “La Cage aux folles”; among the youngsters, Ananiadis is likeable enough but Menouti is irritatingly fey. Colors in the transfer from HD are rather washed out.

Straight Story

Greece

Production

An Audiovisual Entertainment release of an Argonauts production, in association with Audiovisual, Attika, Nova, Yannis Mitropoulos & Co., Black Orange, with participation of Bigshot. (International sales: Lightbox Entertainment, Athens.) Produced by Panos Papahatzis. Executive producer, Dimitris Soundris. Directed, written by Efi Mouriki, Vladimiros Kyriakidis.

Crew

Camera (color, HD-DI-to-35mm), Simos Sarketzis; editor, Yannis Katsamboulas; music, C:Real; art director, Kostantinos Papageorgiou; costume designer, Agis Panayotou. Reviewed at Thessaloniki Film Festival (Greek Films '07), Nov. 19, 2007. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

Hristos Hatzipanayotis, Vladimiros Kyriakidis, Anthimos Ananiadis, Kanellina Menouti, Meni Konstantinidou, Hristos Yannaris, Elisavet Konstantinidou, Katerina Daskalaki, Hristina Mitropoulou, Drosos Skotis.
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