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Love Me Not

Love Me Not

Synopsis

Director

An upper-class couple hires a young migrant (Célestine Aposporis) to be their surrogate mother. After she moves into their elegant villa, they all start discussing the final details of their contract. The man (Christos Loulis) is quite open to negotiation and is willing to strengthen the bond with her. On the other hand, the woman (Eleni Roussinou), who always seems as though she is battling against depression, keeps her distance but still tries to approach her. With the future mother occupying the centre of their attention, the couple is ready to enjoy a summer interlude while planning for the future. The woman, though, has an abrupt argument with the girl and heads out on a drive. The same night, her husband will have to identify her burned body found in the wreckage of her car.

„Love Me Not“ is a film that plays with genres and covers different topics. Starting off as a social drama, the film then evolves into a thriller and, lastly, touches on horror without ever losing the thread of its main subtext.

Along with the contradictory, idyllic, optimistic cinematography by David Pimm, which heightens the gloominess of the acts depicted, Avranas emotionally manipulates his viewers and physically manipulates his characters in a crescendo of psychological exploitation. The woman and the man, subliminal archetypes of tragic heroes, overexpose their hubris, which will inevitably lead to a harsher narrative bridge, concluding with a sadistic, Pasolini-esque nemesis.

Vassilis Economou, Cineuropa.org

Alexandros Avranas

(b. 1977) with his first film, „Without“ (2009), won seven Greek State Awards at the Thessaloniki Film Festival, among them Best Film and Best Director. His next feature, „Miss Violence“ (2013) received the Silver Lion for Best Director, the ­V­olpi Cup for Best Actor and another three awards at the Venice Film ­Festival. For his American debut, the thriller „True Crimes“, he worked with Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg in the leading roles. „Love Me Not“ is his fourth feature film.

Filmography

  • Without (2008)
  • Miss Violence (2013)
  • True Crimes (2016)
  • Love Me Not (2017)

Schedule

17.11.2017
17:00 - 18:39
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 011701
Sold out
22.11.2017
21:00 - 22:39
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 061004
Sold out
24.11.2017
22:00 - 23:39
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 081803
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Countries: Greece, France
Year: 2017
Duration: 99 minutes
Language: Greek
Director: Alexandros Avranas
Producers: Christos Konstantakopoulos, Kristina Larsen
Writers: Alexandros Avranas, Kostas Repoulis
DOP: David Pimm
Montage: Christos Giannakopoulos
Composer: Shigeru Umebayashi
Cast: Eleni Roussinou, Christos Loulis
Productions: Faliro House Productions, Les Films du Lendemain
Festival: San Sebastian

Synopsis

Director

An upper-class couple hires a young migrant (Célestine Aposporis) to be their surrogate mother. After she moves into their elegant villa, they all start discussing the final details of their contract. The man (Christos Loulis) is quite open to negotiation and is willing to strengthen the bond with her. On the other hand, the woman (Eleni Roussinou), who always seems as though she is battling against depression, keeps her distance but still tries to approach her. With the future mother occupying the centre of their attention, the couple is ready to enjoy a summer interlude while planning for the future. The woman, though, has an abrupt argument with the girl and heads out on a drive. The same night, her husband will have to identify her burned body found in the wreckage of her car.

„Love Me Not“ is a film that plays with genres and covers different topics. Starting off as a social drama, the film then evolves into a thriller and, lastly, touches on horror without ever losing the thread of its main subtext.

Along with the contradictory, idyllic, optimistic cinematography by David Pimm, which heightens the gloominess of the acts depicted, Avranas emotionally manipulates his viewers and physically manipulates his characters in a crescendo of psychological exploitation. The woman and the man, subliminal archetypes of tragic heroes, overexpose their hubris, which will inevitably lead to a harsher narrative bridge, concluding with a sadistic, Pasolini-esque nemesis.

Vassilis Economou, Cineuropa.org

Alexandros Avranas

(b. 1977) with his first film, „Without“ (2009), won seven Greek State Awards at the Thessaloniki Film Festival, among them Best Film and Best Director. His next feature, „Miss Violence“ (2013) received the Silver Lion for Best Director, the ­V­olpi Cup for Best Actor and another three awards at the Venice Film ­Festival. For his American debut, the thriller „True Crimes“, he worked with Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg in the leading roles. „Love Me Not“ is his fourth feature film.

Filmography

  • Without (2008)
  • Miss Violence (2013)
  • True Crimes (2016)
  • Love Me Not (2017)