Love At 16

"Love at 16" lacks a consistent tone, but firsttime writer-helmer Kostas Haralambous partly compensates with good casting and period detail. Second-tier fests and film weeks could give this a spin, and its nostalgic atmosphere would play well on webs dedicated to overseas Greeks.

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With: Betty Valasi, Vasilis Andreopoulos, Dina Michailidou, Antonis Loudaros, Petros Xekoukis, Yorgos Gerontidakis, Markella Pappa, Yorgos Lazaridis, Tasos Rapaj, Meletis Rapaj, Vangelis Nikolaou, Spyros Panayotopoulos, Elias Tsikos.

An often charming coming-of-ager set in rural Greece during the early ’80s, “Love at 16” lacks a consistent tone, but firsttime writer-helmer Kostas Haralambous partly compensates with good casting and period detail. Second-tier fests and film weeks could give this a spin, and its nostalgic atmosphere would play well on webs dedicated to overseas Greeks.

Alexis (Yorgos Gerontidakis) is an average 15-year-old kid with sex on the brain who spies on local girls with his pal Yorgos. His horizons change when he becomes enamored with fellow teen Antigone (Markella Pappa), who joins his school when her cop father is transferred from Athens. Twist to the otherwise conventional tale is that Antigone turns out to be a trashy flirt who’s a townie by nature. Best scenes are between Alexis and his wise old grandma in the mountains (vet Betty Valasi, who also co-produced), as she reminisces about the old days to the entranced kid. Composer Stavros Papastavrou’s attractive score is a plus.

Love At 16

Greece-Cyprus

Production: A Greek Film Centre, Hellenic Broadcasting Corp., Nova, Town Film Co. (Greece)/Seahorse (Cyprus) production. (International sales: Greek Film Centre, Athens.) Produced by Kostas Haralambous, Betty Valasi. Directed, written by Kostas Haralambous.

Crew: Camera (color), Katerina Marangoudaki; editor, Yannis Stefanou; music, Stavros Papastavrou; art director/costumes, Savvas Paschalidis. Reviewed at Thessaloniki Film Festival (Greek Films 2004), Nov. 25, 2004. Original title: Agapi sta 16. Running time: 106 MIN.

With: With: Betty Valasi, Vasilis Andreopoulos, Dina Michailidou, Antonis Loudaros, Petros Xekoukis, Yorgos Gerontidakis, Markella Pappa, Yorgos Lazaridis, Tasos Rapaj, Meletis Rapaj, Vangelis Nikolaou, Spyros Panayotopoulos, Elias Tsikos.

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