Adistaktoi (1965)

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Adistaktoi: Directed by Dinos Katsouridis. With Nikos Kourkoulos, Mairi Hronopoulou, Voula Harilaou, Giorgos Moutsios. After his release from prison, Stathis visits a private investigator, Othonas, whom he had assigned many years ago to find his mother, who has been missing from the time of the German Occupation. When he meets Othonas, however, they quarrel because the detective hadn’t worked seriously enough on the case. Afterwards, Stathis takes control of his old gang again and sets up a few new scams, selling dreams and hopes to simple people. He soon realizes that he has lost his old love, Vana, who, while he was in prison, had become involved with his second-in- command, Michalis. Nevertheless, his bitterness is softened by Stella, Vana’s sister, who works at the Red Cross. He falls for her, and she responds in kind. In the end, he also manages to find his mother, by now an old and debauched nightclub singer, and he feels even happier. He decides to go straight and marry Stella, but one night his drunken “mother” reveals to him that she is not who he thinks she is, and it was Michalis who asked her to play this role. Stathis finds Michalis at the taverna, asks him to explain himself, and a fight quickly ensues. Stathis stabs him right in front of Vana and the other members of the gang. A savage ending – and a refutation of dreams.

“After his release from prison, Stathis visits a detective, Otto, who had long been appointed to search for his lost mother, from the years of the German Occupation of Greece (1941-1944). He ends up fighting with him because he is not satisfied from his effords with the topic. Then takes over again the reins of the gang and sets up some solid tricks, selling dreams and hopes in ordinary people. Quickly realizes that he has lost his old love Vana, who while he was in prison she made a love affair with the Deputy Chief, Michael. However, the bitterness comes to soothe by her sister, Stella, who works for the Red Cross. Finally discovers his mother in the face of an old cabaret singer, growing his happiness. So he decides to follow the honest way and plans to marry Stella but one evening his wrecked mother, reveals that she is not who he thinks she is.She is a fake mother hired from Michael to make fun of him. Stathis finds Michael at the tavern, and asks him why he did that!! The accomplice is in front of Vana and the other members of the gang. Finally he finds hard death and the refutation of his dreams for a better life.”

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