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A Blast (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 27 November 2014 (Greece)
Against the backdrop of an ongoing socio-economic collapse, a disillusioned mother of three is trapped in a vicious circle of terrible decisions and sharply ruthless actions. What can drive a perfectly normal individual to great extremes?

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Syllas Tzoumerkas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angeliki Papoulia ... Maria / Wife (as Aggeliki Papoulia)
Basile Doganis Basile Doganis ... Yannis / Husband (as Vassilis Doganis)
Maria Filini ... Gogo / Maria's sister
Themis Bazaka ... Mother
Giorgos Biniaris ... Father
Makis Papadimitriou ... Costas / Gogo's husband (as Efthymis Papadimitriou)
Eleni Karagiorgi Eleni Karagiorgi ... Niki
Christoph Berlet Christoph Berlet ... Joy
Haris Attonis Haris Attonis ... Clerk
Nikolas Piperas Nikolas Piperas ... Christos
Manoussos Gakilazos Manoussos Gakilazos ... Navy officer
Alkis Zoupas Alkis Zoupas ... Navy soldier's father
Marso Fili Marso Fili ... Navy soldier's mother
Konstadinos Voudouris Konstadinos Voudouris ... Navy soldier
Vassia Bakakou Vassia Bakakou ... Katia
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Running away on the highway, Maria is alone in her roaring SUV. Behind her, fire and a case full of money. In front of her, the hopeless vastness of the motorway. Only a day before she was a caring mother, a loving wife, a responsible daughter. Today she has gone rogue. Written by Homemade Films

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Greek | English | German

Release Date:

27 November 2014 (Greece) See more »

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I ekrixi See more »

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Athens, Greece See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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The film's car chase scene was shot at the 12 km long under construction tunnel that goes through Olympus mountain. See more »

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Maria: Today, I want to share with you that I am absolutely unhappy. I've lived a ridiculous life. And I don't know what to do to change it. I got married when I was twenty years old, and I have three kids that I never want to see again. Neither them or my husband. From now on, I only want to speak with strangers. Like you all. And I prefer the guilt to the life I had until this day.
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A Blast does what it says on the tin to convey the damage of financial crisis but at the cost of severe untidiness.
3 November 2014 | by Sergeant_TibbsSee all my reviews

A Blast makes its point clear from the opening scene. Everyone deserves the right to freedom, choice and happiness. In the face of national crisis, in this case Greece, not everyone gets those rights, and its people goes down with the ship. There is truth in its biting cynicism and just like its title, it promises a turbulent ride. Unfortunately it suffers from an unnecessarily shuffled structure. The main timeline is confusing, but presumed the day that Maria fulfils the fantasy of someone who's in trouble and manages to run away from her family, country and problems.

The rest of it flashes to when she first meets her husband (who she has to endure a long distance relationship with) to when its revealed that her mother hasn't paid taxes for her business and their family has to pay the price. Too often does the film appear to cut to a flashback for no good reason and the film feels muddled for it. Granted, it does conjure the stressed emotions it wants and show the stages of life, but it's plagued by scenes of contrivances and lapses of irrationality. It's bolstered by strong performances, particularly from its leading lady Angeliki Papoulia coupled with great intimate but wide cinematography. A Blast does what it says on the tin to convey the damage of financial crisis but at the cost of severe untidiness.

7/10

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