Greek orthodox monk Theodorus lives across the valley from Russian Orthodox nun Urania in a monastery and a convent perched atop sandstone rock pillars in Greece’s legendary Metéora complex. They meet and attraction threatens their vows of celibacy. Working with a couple of intrusive Pythonesque devices and barely any dialogue, Stathouloulos’ version of mute, irrespressible love is reflected in digressions into biblical and classical mythology in a nacreous but not uniformly convincing vision of austerely structured lives.
Metéora | Directed Spiros Stathouloulos (Greece, Germany France 2012) with Theo Alexander, Tamila Koulieve-Karantinaki, Giorgios Karakantas. Starts June 12
Originally published in issue #128, June 2014