Sto Spiti - At Home

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In elegant mise en scène and CinemaScope images, director Athanasios Karanikolas' film tells the story of the housekeeper Nadja in times of economic crisis as a tender melodrama. "For many years, Nadja has worked as a housekeeper for an upper class Greek couple and their daughter. She’s allowed to feel like part of the family. When she’s diagnosed with a serious illness, and the man of the house runs into financial difficulties due to the economic crisis, Nadja loses her job. Yet she shows no external sign of how these two traumatic events have affected her. It’s summer, the air shimmers, the sea sparkles. Only gradually is the set-up revealed: clear distinctions exist between top and bottom, domestic and foreign, those with and those without health insurance." (Berlinale Forum catalogue, Birgit Kohler)