A reflection on modern alienation through the stories of semi-connected people, “Atlas (All the Weight of the World)” is a tailor-made item for fests specializing in more abstract fare. First feature by philosophy grad Thanos Anastopoulos leaves much of pic’s meaning for the viewer to figure out and doesn’t provide much help in providing a cohesive pattern to the interwoven character vignettes.
Starting off with a hot and heavy sex scene, followed by a car crash, film segues to various people whose relationships have to be patiently worked out by internal clues. One is a middle-aged gay coroner (Takis Asimakopoulos), who seems to be a friend of a reclusive, blocked philosopher. Latter’s housekeeper is an attractive Polish woman (Joanna Tsirigouli), with a young daughter (Joanna Mlynarczyk), who keeps trying (unsuccessfully) to reach her husband back home by phone. Also milling about, in various stages of emotional angst, are a young widow from the car crash, an impotent exec and his sex-starved, not understanding wife, plus a friendly truck driver. Ending manages to be slightly upbeat, though most auds will have tuned out by then. Technically, film is OK.