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Like a Prairie Cock in Wyoming

Concentrating on the sex lives of a group of oh-so-trendy Athenians, pic bills itself as an "adventure of emotions." The offbeat title draws a comparison between the philandering habits of the lead character, 20-year-old Michalis, and a certain type of bird. "Like a Prairie Cock in Wyoming," Michalis flits from girlfriend to girlfriend. Keeping track of the various entanglements becomes an exercise in futility. None of the relationships rings true. Nor are they ever resolved. Nor is the viewer made to care. Dialogue is awkward, and what could have been a poignant coming-of-age story dissipates into a series of disjointed scenes.

With:
Michalis ... Alexandros Logothetis Lia ... Viki Volioti Eleni ... Betty Livanou Antonis ... Christos Kalavrouzos Yiannis ... Ilias Logothetis Leda ... Dina Andriopoulou This one has everything going for it ... except a story. Good acting, nice music, wonderful sets and superb lensing can't hide the lack of an interesting plot. This year's winner of the best Greek film award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival feels more like a beer commercial than a feature film.

Concentrating on the sex lives of a group of oh-so-trendy Athenians, pic bills itself as an “adventure of emotions.” The offbeat title draws a comparison between the philandering habits of the lead character, 20-year-old Michalis, and a certain type of bird. “Like a Prairie Cock in Wyoming,” Michalis flits from girlfriend to girlfriend. Keeping track of the various entanglements becomes an exercise in futility. None of the relationships rings true. Nor are they ever resolved. Nor is the viewer made to care. Dialogue is awkward, and what could have been a poignant coming-of-age story dissipates into a series of disjointed scenes.

Freshman helmer Dimitris Indares shows talent but should have looked for help with the screenwriting. Pic does offer a fascinating glimpse inside the rarefied world of upper-class Greek artists. They live in chic lofts, watch “Twin Peaks” on video, employ Filipino maids and spend Easter vacations at Aegean hideaways. Set designer Manolis Pantelidakis does a terrific job, turning any humble apartment into a Casa Vogue showplace. Lenser Argyris Theos even manages to make Athens look pretty. Vet actress Betty Livanou does her best with the role of the mother. But none of these proficient hands can supply substance where there is none.

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Like a Prairie Cock in Wyoming

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Production: A Prooptiki S.A. release of a Greek Film Centre/Dimitris Indares/Anosi S.A./Prooptiki S.A./Cinerama Ltd. production. Produced by Costas Lambropoulos. Directed, written by Dimitris Indares.

Crew: Camera (color), Argyris Theos; editor, Fanny Ziozia; music, Dimitris Papadimitriou; set/costume design, Manolis Pantelidakis; sound, Marinos Athanasopoulos; assistant director, Thanasis Chrystopoulos. Reviewed at Thessaloniki Film Festival, Greece (Intl. and Greek competitions), Nov. 11, 1995. Running time: 82 MIN.

With: Michalis ... Alexandros Logothetis Lia ... Viki Volioti Eleni ... Betty Livanou Antonis ... Christos Kalavrouzos Yiannis ... Ilias Logothetis Leda ... Dina Andriopoulou This one has everything going for it ... except a story. Good acting, nice music, wonderful sets and superb lensing can't hide the lack of an interesting plot. This year's winner of the best Greek film award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival feels more like a beer commercial than a feature film.

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