SUNTAN, a new film from Greek moviemaker, Argyris Papadimitropoulos, shown below. For a film that starts out as well as does this one, it's surprising that, by its finale, it has thoroughly degenerated into stuff and nonsense. Part of the problem is that Mr. Papadimitropoulos withholds almost all information about his leading character, a middle-aged doctor named Kostis, until the man's behavior has grown so over-the-top that his late-coming explanation to the leading lady -- "Forgive me: I've been an emotional wreck for the past few years" -- seems more ridiculous than appropriate.
It is around the time that one too many scenes of our "hero" dancing and drinking in an all-night local club occurs that you may begin wondering if the movie is going a bit off the track. It is -- and it continues as such throughout.
The Blue Angel and The Brown Bunny, its performances, however, are very good -- especially those of Makis Papadimitriou (above, here billed as Efthymis Papadimitriou and last seen on these shores in the much better film, Chevalier) as the island's new doctor, and newcomer Ellie Tringou (below), as his favorite patient, Anna.
TrustMovies would guess that the main reason for the theatrical release of Suntan is all its sexplay and nudity. These are indeed pleasant to view, but if you are looking for something actually serious -- the press release for the film notes that "Suntan celebrates the beauty and strength of the youthful body, while simultaneously embracing its inevitable decay" but this is mostly hoo-hah -- do look elsewhere.
Strand Releasing and running a little-too-long 104 minutes, the movie opens this Friday, March 10, in New York City at the Village East Cinema and in Los Angeles on Friday, March 24 at Laemmle's Royal. To see all currently scheduled playdates, cities and theaters, click here and then click on Screenings in the task bar midway down.