May in­duce a midlife cri­sis

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SUNTAN Di­rected by Ar­gyris Pa­padim­itropou­los. Star­ring: Makis Pa­padim­itriou, Elli Tringou, Milou Van Groessen, Dimi Hart, Hara Kot­sali, Mar­cus Collen, Yan­nis Tsortekis Club, lim­ited re­lease, 104 min If you felt un­com­fort­able watch­ing Makis Pa­padim­itriou lip-synch to Min­nie Riper­ton’s Lovin’ You in Athina Rachel Tsan­gari’s Che­va­lier, you ain’t seen noth­ing yet.

The same ac­tor re­turns as Kostis, the sad-sack, fortysome­thing doc­tor at the cen­tre of this blis­ter­ingly caus­tic dram­edy.

Hav­ing taken a post on the Cy­cladic Greek is­land of An­tiparos – pop­u­la­tion 800 – he keeps to him­self, un­til sum­mer brings armies of nu­bile party an­i­mals and he­do­nists to the lo­cal nud­ist beaches. One day, a group of good-look­ing, loud-mouthed free spir­its – led by Anna (Elli Tringou) – de­scend on the physi­cian’s clinic.

Later, a smit­ten Kostis spends the evening wandering around the is­land’s many hotspots un­til he finds Anna and her bois­ter­ous pals. She coos, pro­nounc­ing him the “best doc­tor in the world”, and al­lows him to hang around the edges of the group’s om­ni­sex­ual binge-drink­ing es­capades. And so, pasty-white, wob­bly body not­with­stand­ing, he fol­lows them to the beach the next day. And the next day.

What fol­lows makes for ex­cru­ci­at­ing view­ing, as the in­creas­ingly un­hinged pro­tago-

Makis Pa­padim­itriou

nist risks his ca­reer to be both an un­wanted party-crasher, and a mid­dle-aged man who ap­par­ently doesn’t know the mean­ing of the phrase “age-ap­pro­pri­ate”.

Writer-di­rec­tor Ar­gyris Pa­padim­itropou­los milks this sce­nario for max­i­mum au­di­ence squirm, as the film­maker body-shames, age-shames and cool-shames the un­for­tu­nate physi­cian, while the beau­ti­ful peo­ple play and bronze their perky, per­fectly formed bits in the sun.

Thus, Chris­tos Kara­ma­nis’s widescreen, azure lens­ing only serves to en­force the body fas­cism. Have you started your sum­mer bikini diet yet? No won­der things even­tu­ally turn nasty. See it, frorm be­tween your fin­gers. But only if you’re not in the throes of a midlife cri­sis.

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