Irish Film Institute -MISS VIOLENCE



99 minutes, Greece, 2013, Subtitled, Colour, D-Cinema

This film closes on Thursday, June 26th.


While the crest of the Greek ‘Weird Wave’ may have passed, director Alexandros Avranas’ Miss Violence is very much of a similar mindset and approach to films such as Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Attenberg (2010) and, especially, Yorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth (2009) in its study of a dysfunctional family. In the midst of celebrating her 11th birthday with her family, Angeliki commits suicide by throwing herself from the apartment balcony.

As the family relationships become clearer, and perspectives on the dynamic shift, the reasons for the muted reaction to the child’s death, and the suicide itself, slowly reveal themselves to the viewer until what had previously only been suspected is made shockingly explicit. Executed with impressive precision, the film could also be seen as an allegory of the state of contemporary Greek society, one that may prove equally applicable to the Irish situation. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

★★★★, ★★★ The Irish Times

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