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Published March 31st 2016
A Modern Day Romeo and Julie
Alex and Eve is the modern day multicultural and Australian version of Romeo and Juliet with a heck of a lot more laughs. The two main characters, like Shakespeare's young lovers before them, fall head over heals for each other after a chance meeting. However the conflict that the on-screen lovers have to deal with rivals that of the Montagues and Capulets because she is Lebanese Muslim and he is Greek. Whilst Shakespeare's classic play is filled with misunderstandings that lead to sadness, Alex and Eve is instead filled with misunderstanding that lead to lots of jokes and a bunch of laughs.
Alex is played by Richard Brancatisano who previously stared in Home and Away and Underbelly. In the film he plays a gorgeous schoolteacher, who utilizes his students' knowledge of various cultures to help navigate the way to Eve's heart. The interactions between him and his students are certainly not what you would find in your average classroom, but it was at these moments where I found myself giggling out loud.
Andrea Demetriades plays lawyer Eve who is a little more levelheaded than Alex. She makes smart decisions which don't necessarily match up with her heart, and it is the conflict from these decisions which drives the action and makes this movie, not only a great comedy, but a brilliant romantic drama as well. I especially love watching her wiggle in and out of her traditional lifestyle with her strict family and the contemporary world of her best friend who loves to show a bit of cleavage. When these two aspects of her life collide hilarity ensues.
Peter Andrikidis did a wonderful job of directing this brilliant Aussie film using a screenplay written my Alex Lykos who also wrote a stage play of the same name. The success of this stage play should be an indicator as to the success this movie will I'm sure experience. Grab yourself a copy of this brilliant film on DVD from the 13th of April.