Review: ‘Atlas (All the Weight of the World)’

Reflection on modern alienation through the stories of semi-connected people 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 viewer to figure out and doesn't provide much help in providing a cohesive pattern to the interwoven character vignettes.

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.

Atlas (All the Weight of the World)

Greece

Production

A Playtime release of a Fantasia Audiovisual, Greek Film Center, Hellenic Broadcasting Corp. production. (International sales: Greek Film Center/Fantasia, Athens.) Produced by Stella Theodoraki, Panayotis Kyriakoulakos. Directed, written by Thanos Anastopoulos.

Crew

Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Ilias Konstantakopoulos; editor, Alexis Pezas; music, Stathis Ioannou; art director-costumes, Maria Konomi. Reviewed at Thessaloniki Film Festival (Greek Films 2003), Nov. 24, 2003. (Also in Rotterdam Film Festival, 2004.) Original title: Olo to varos tou kosmou. Running time: 123 MIN.

With

Takis Asimakopoulos, Nikos Georgakis, Maria Zorba, Nikos Kouris, Renos Mandis, Anna Mascha, Joanna Tsirigouli, Joanna Mlynarczyk, Fotis Spyros, Pepi Ikonomopoulou, Thanos Samaras.
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