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Miss Violence by Alexandros Avranas

November 5, 2013


I am writing this review and – as usual – I have placed at the top of the post the movie poster and when you look at the poster there is no doubt that Miss Violence deals with a horrible episode or – as the viewer will slowly discover – a series of horrible episodes, nonetheless I guess the memory I will keep of this Greek film is the good laugh I could not suppress – provoking astonishment and reproach in the eyes of the ladies and gentlemen in the theater seats beside me – near the end of the projection during the scene where the character identified as Mother (Reni Pittaki) polishes a knife set: what can I say? something is wrong with me or maybe something has to be wrong with Miss Violence. Alexandros Avranas has used every technical mean to enhance the tension – only diegetic sounds et cetera – but he has employed a rather simple narrative device, after the shocking opening scene – whose result we can see in the movie poster – every new scene will reveal new increasingly shocking news about the way of life of this poor nameless family, an alert viewer will understand the game and from that moment onward Miss Violence will cease to be shocking and in some cases – the aforementioned knife set scene – it will border on the ridiculous, its mystery unravels, its tension decreases. I can’t believe Avranas was awarded the Silver Lion in Venice last September, an exploitative and wile film like this should not even have been admitted in Venice’s competition; Miss Violence exposes a huge social problem, alas its director and screenwriter lack the courage and integrity to treat it in a proper manner.

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