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Marathon

"Marathon" attempts to parallel the personal and professional lives of a long-distance running coach prior to the Athens Olympics. Helmer-cowriter Antonis Kokkinos fails to allow most of the characters to breathe as normal people, weakening the pic's emotional content and ending up with a series of schematic relationships.

An interesting idea that doesn’t go the distance, “Marathon” attempts to parallel the personal and professional lives of a long-distance running coach prior to the Athens Olympics. Helmer-cowriter Antonis Kokkinos (“End of an Era”) fails to allow most of the characters to breathe as normal people, weakening the pic’s emotional content and ending up with a series of schematic relationships. Offshore chances look slim.

Driven coach Andreas (Yannis Kokiasmenos) is a man on the run — mostly from the various women in his life, all of whom see through his hard-ass front and treat him like an overgrown child. Sculptress Dimitra (Aimilia Valvi) wants to get married and have kids; bank employee Hristiana (Maria Zorba) cooks for him and knows he’ll always come back; vampish psychologist Elissavet (Stella Kazazi) uses him for sex; photog Martina (Sylvia Venizelea) is coolly professional. But his biggest challenge comes from the young, assured Myrto (Elena Tahiaou), the g.f. of one of his more promising runners, Petros (Mihalis Gousis). Perfs range from stiff to good (Kokiasmenos, Tahiaou, Zorba), but dialogue too often rings false. Tech package is so-so.

Marathon

Greece

  • Production: A Thalassa, Hellenic Broadcasting Corp., Greek Film Centre, Antonis Kokkinos production. (International sales: Greek Film Centre, Athens.) Produced by Tasos Vasiliou. Executive producer, Maria Powell. Directed by Antonis Kokkinos. Screenplay, Kokkinos, Kostas Koronidis.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Kostis Gikas; editor, Fani Ziozia; music, Akis Dhaoutis; art director, Lambrini Kardara; costumes, Elena Pavlou. Reviewed at Thessaloniki Film Festival (Greek Films 2004), Nov. 24, 2004. Running time: 97 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Yannis Kokiasmenos, Maria Zorba, Sylvia Venizelea, Stella Kazazi, Elena Tahiaou, Mihalis Gousis, Aimilia Valvi, Yorgos Yannopoulos.
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