To celebrate Aggeliki’s eleventh birthday, a well-organised party is held in her honour. Everything is in order, and all the ingredients of a usual birthday gathering are here: a nice and big sugar-glazed cake, happy music, a caring grandfather’s embrace–a truly loving family environment. However, is any of this real, or is this an elaborate facade? Little by little, as a devastating act of despair unfolds before a stunned family, wolves and lambs slowly get lured into a web of hideous secrets, and a frantic downward spiral of lies and deceptive appearances. But, in the end, as one unwillingly unravels the sinners’ blood-curdling mysteries kept behind closed doors, the plunge into the depths of the human soul and the unfathomable secrets within is inevitable.
User Reviews: Brilliantly made, technically speaking, and brave at heart as this movie doesn’t shy away from exposing one of the deepest darkest secrets of every living society, that of abuse of make privillage and power. Although the suicide of the 11 yr old girl leads most to guess correctly what the underlying cause is, the director’s patient unveiling of the hum drum of the family’s daily life with its emotional suppression and passive aggressive undertones is a real coup because it gives a full flavour of how life is like for those overtly and covertly subdued by the male head of the family and its sole bread winner. The director’s portrayal of abuse is almost neutral leaving the audience to disect why do these things still happen in this day and age, whose responsibility is it to expose it, why do women put up with it…. which is brilliant because the mind truly boggles and any ready answers would’ve been a cheap shot.
I wish more directors woukd have the courage to expose the darkness in our midst fearlessly like this because that’s what keeps the soul alive and thriving.