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The Weeping Meadow
 
 
Directed by Theo Angelopoulos, Greece 2001
169 mins. Greek dialogue with English sub-titles
 
Summary:
 
Master Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos wrote and directed this downbeat look at his nation's often blighted history, as seen through the eyes of an unfortunate young couple.  A band of refugees that returns to Greece after the Russian Revolution adopts an orphaned girl, Eleni, who becomes the focus of the story.  Eleni becomes pregnant by her musician half-brother Alexis and bears twin boys, who are sent away at birth.  Many years later she is forced to marry her widowed adopted father.  On her wedding day, Eleni escapes with Alexis to Thessaloniki, where they reunite with their sons.  Their lives are then ripped apart by World War II and the ensuing Greek Civil War.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"A beautiful and devastating meditation on war, history and loss."  (Dana Stevens - New York Times)

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