“Suntan” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

18 May, 2017

Director: Argyris Papadimitropoulos
Screenwriters: Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Syllas Tzoumerkas
Director of Photography: Christos Karamanis
Makis Papadimitriou, Elli Tringou, Dimi Hart

Synopsis: Led astray by the yearning of his midlife crisis, a doctor assigned to a post on a Greek island becomes infatuated with a beautiful tourist after she allows him to mingle with her circle of friends.

Suntan Review:

A purposefully ironic title for a film doused in sunblock, “Suntan” is a cautionary tale from Greek filmmaker Argyris Papadimitropoulos who locks into a unique perspective through the eyes of an ageing clinician. Employing both the frivolity and the destructivity of a typical vacation movie, the film finds danger in the joys of sun, sea, and sand as its pale protagonist allows himself to become consumed by an insatiable desire that refuses to be quenched by the thirst of his own reality.

Bopping under the glare of heavy strobe lights, Kostis clings tightly to the cravings of his youth as an olive-skinned temptress drifts gracefully into his life with nothing but fleeting intentions. Hitting both the Ibiza party vibe and the depths of Hellenic despair, “Suntan” crassly contrasts the ripeness of youth with the sag of middle age as naked bodies intermingle in plain sight, painfully juxtaposing Kostis’ fat and fuzziness with the washboard abs and sleek tans of the film’s arrogant partygoers.

While the movie outwardly sympathises with the agony behind its bitter judgements, Papadimitropoulos finds little reason to bestow kindness upon a man driven to insanity by lust and debauchery as his unshaven appearance and weakness for alcohol further outcasts him from the locals who see nothing but an idling loafer where the tourists see a pervert. Drowning in self-loathing and utterly lost in the chaos of the island’s nightlife, Kostis turns to his mermaid on a rock, the embodiment of blossoming sexuality, who morphs into a winged siren as the film takes a dark and finite turn, sealing it as the daring and demeaning comedy that it truly is.


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