PITY

OIKTOS

By Babis MAKRIDIS

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Second film - Completed 2018

The story of a man who feels happy only when he is unhappy, a man addicted to sadness, who has such need for pity, he’s willing to do everything to evoke it from others. This is the life of a man in a world not cruel enough for him.

Festivals
& Awards

Sundance Film Festival 2018
World Cinema Dramatic Competition
Rotterdam IFF 2018
Voices
Berlin European Film Market (EFM) 2018
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Second film, Drama
    • Countries
    • GREECE, POLAND
    • Languages
    • GREEK
    • Duration
    • 99 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Babis MAKRIDIS
    • Producer(s)
    • Amanda LIVANOU (NEDA FILM), Christos v. KONSTANTAKOPOULOS (FALIRO HOUSE PRODUCTIONS S.A), Klaudia SMIEJA (MADANTS SP Z O.O.), Beata RZEZNICZEK (MADANTS SP Z O.O.), Babis MAKRIDIS (BEBEN FILMS)
    • Synopsis
    • A man of about 45, the Lawyer, lives with his teenage son in a well-off home. He is healthy, with a pleasing face, good manners and is generally well maintained. His hair is perfectly cut and groomed. However, his wife has been in a coma and has been in a private hospital for some time following an accident. The sadness caused by this event has become the Lawyer's main and most vital element of life, giving him a sense of pleasure that becomes an addition. His grief has also suddenly made everybody have compassion towards him: the neighbor bakes him a cake, the dry-cleaners give him a discount, and he shares an emotional moment with an employee. His life has never been better than it is now that he is a sad, pitied person. Then one day, his wife wakes up from the coma. Her return home radically changes his recently established everyday life of pity and sorrow. Sadness is now replaced by joy and he is overwhelmed by a yearning to go back to the previous, mournful state. He begins to invent ways to attract the pity that he has come to enjoy so much. He makes sure to destroy any happy moment that arrives, at first as part of a master-plan, but gradually with more frivolity and naiveté he totally loses control of himself.