I first heard of the film when the trailer appeared as a Youtube advert early last month – and as its not showing at all cinemas around the country, I’ve had to wait a bit for it to come close enough for me to see it.
The basic idea is that the film is set in London and follows the family of Greek entrepreneur Harry Papadopoulos (Stephen Dillane) and his family, who lose everything in the financial crisis – with the exception of a disused fish and chip shop. The shop can’t be seized by the bank due to its co-ownership with Harry’s brother Spiros (George Corraface)… and rather than trying to sell the shop, the family moves in and re-opens it.
Its a comedy drama, so not all the “doom and gloom” you might expect from a film in which the main character loses everything. But let’s be clear here – its not the sort of comedy which will having you laughing the whole way through. Its also a film produced on a very small budget – so don’t expect any of the “bells and whistles” used by the big film makers.
It is the small scale production that I like in this film. I’m not in to all the big blockbuster movies for the reason that the things that they’re about just don’t interest me.
For some, it might drag at times – particularly near the beginning. It takes a little while for the film to get going. But speaking as someone who had done their research, watched the trailer, watched the behind-the-scenes footage on the film’s Youtube channel, and read reviews online, I knew what to expect and was not disappointed.
The plot is perfect for our cash-strapped times, and the solution rings true too.
Stuart O’Connor (Screen Jabber)
Read Stuart’s review in full.
As Stuart says in his review, the plot is perfect; I think the characters were brilliant too (Spiros and Theo were my favorite characters). Its a film proud of its Greek roots. The film stands out from the crowd in a way which I personally really like.
I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD in a couple of months. I have already pre-ordered it on Amazon and it should be delivered and waiting for me at home when I get back from my holiday to Syros in the Summer.
- Review – Papadopoulos & Sons by Martin McDonagh (Celluloid Heroes).
- Full Cast on IMDB.
- There’s a German trailer too!
- The Making of Papadopoulos & Sons – Vimeo.
18. Μαϊου 2013.