Landscape in the Mist (Topio stin omichli)
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Young Voula and her five-year-old brother Alexandros board a train from Athens bound for Germany, in search of their father, whom they have never met. Over the course of this coming-of-age road trip through Greece, the two determined youngsters will learn several of life’s lessons – some of them rather harsher than others.
In ‘Landscape in the Mist’, Theo Anglelopoulos presents us with a contemporary world where, as the film’s title suggests, what is important has somehow been obscured. We see this in the children’s missing connection to their father; in a scene where a horse lies dying in the street, ignored by revellers at a wedding party; in a moment when villagers are transfixed by falling snow, as if they have forgotten what nature is.
Eleni Karaindrou, who worked with Angelopoulos for much of his career, provides a score that is often sweeping and pastoral ¬– seemingly at odds with the stark grey of the skies, towns and beaches where the film’s action takes place. It is as though this glorious sound is emanating from the unseen landscape, reminding us of the beauty that is out there beyond the mist.