It’s summertime in Athens and Nikos, a 30-year-old broke musician, is taking care of a luxurious villa in the suburbs that belongs to a friend of his. Between poolside cocktails and fooling around with the dog that he is meant to take care of, Nikos has a plan. Still unable to get over his recent break-up with Sofia, he figures this is a unique opportunity to get some much-needed answers and he invites her over for the weekend. Sofia delightfully accepts not knowing, of course, that Nikos’ plans are not as innocent as they seem. Nikos locks himself up in the house with Sofia and refuses to let her leave until she provides some rationale for the break-up, turning their alleged carefree holiday into a mess of games, fights, laughs and introspection. Is Nikos ever going to get the answers he was looking for? Is Sofia ever going to be able to explain why they broke up? Afterlov is a funny, poignant and scathing post-love story between two people who refuse to grow up.
“Intense and surreal… Afterlov is a bittersweet comedy about the period following the break-up of a relationship, a condensed burst of adolescent levity… of passionate love and a breakdown in communication. The apparent levity that hovers over the debut film by Paschos, a sort of unidentified flying object which invokes independent American directors such as Alex Ross Perry and the Safdie brothers, gets under the skin, violently. Nikos and Sofia are two people (characters) who don’t want to grow up, who are incapable of living together yet scared to death by the idea of splitting up forever…. Love and passion transform into an unbridled hurricane that challenges laws, explanations and, to some extent, common sense. Love as a synonym for madness (understood as total freedom), the guiding thread of a dazed comedy that loses control, but delightfully so”
– Muriel de Don, Locarno Review, Cineuropa
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