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Pedro Noula - Film Review (Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival 2017)

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by Nicholas Gordon (subscribe)
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Amnesia in Athens
A young man supposedly named Pedro Noula (Konstantinos Aspiotis) wakes up in a hospital in Athens following a traffic accident. And he's got a serious problem: he has no idea who he is or why he is in Athens - his amnesia is total and crippling. His only clues as to his identity are his personal possessions: an Italian passport (though he can speak fluent Greek), a broken mobile phone, a bank cheque drawn from the account of a Mr Felikis, and a crumpled picture of an attractive young woman.

After being released from hospital - the Greek healthcare system doesn't seem overly concerned with his plight - Noula emerges out onto the steamy streets of Athens to try and figure out just what's going on. His first stop is a mobile phone shop, and there he learns he was in contact with someone named 'Mary', and judging by her messages, she's not happy with him. The next stop is the bank - and that's where Noula realises he might be involved with something nefarious. After presenting the cheque, the bank manager says the cheque can't be cashed - the account on which it is drawn is closed. There are whispers of calling the police.

Noula scrams quick smart from the bank. This Felikis character would appear to hold the key to the whole mystery. So Noula sets out to find him. His inquiries lead him to a nightclub, where he meets singer, Urania (Katia O'Wallis). She's street-smart and immediately takes a shine to Noula, and the pair set off in search of the truth behind the mystery. What follows is lots of shady characters and a wild ride through the underbelly of Athens in search of Noula's true identity.

Presented as part of the 24th Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival, Pedro Noula is the third feature film from cult film-maker Karolos Zonaras. It's a stylish neo-noir outing, complete with washed out colours, seedy backdrops, and a tingling score, all combining to pay homage to the noir thrillers of yesteryear. The performances, Aspiotis as Pedro Noula and Katia O'Wallis as the classic femme fatale, are fantastic and are supported ably by a cast of shadowy wise-guys.

But it's the story that shines. The twists and turns unfurl slowly and the mystery deepens and deepens. Pedro Noula is a smart and mysterious film. Fans of neo-noir will be delighted.

'Pedro Noula' is playing in Sydney and Melbourne as part of the Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival.

Find information on session times, locations and tickets here.

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