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Marina Antunes [Film Festival 01.12.12] Greece comedy drama arthouse

I want some of what the Greeks are smoking. It must be something really special because the new wave of Greek filmmakers are all working in a category clearly marked "ODD" and revelling in it. First it was Giorgos Lanthimos, then Athina Rachel Tsangari and now Babis Makridis. The trio are like a little gang and their films share similar aesthetics and style so it's no surprise that Makridis' L is every bit as strange as the Greek exports of the last few years.

This time around we have a family who lives in two cars. The husband lives alone in one car and makes a living delivering honey to a narcoleptic but when he gets fired from his job, he gives up his car and joins a motorcycle gang. Here's the official verbage:

A man lives in his car. He's 40 and separated from his wife and kids, who live in a different car. They meet in parking lots. A professional driver, the man delivers honey to a narcoleptic man and often dreams of his friend, who was killed when a hunter mistook him for a bear. Frequently late delivering honey, the man is fired, and his driving skills are questioned. Thrust into existential uncertainty, he abandons "car life" and joins a rogue motorbike gang.

It sounds odd and the teaser is just as strange. I didn't care much for Alps and quite honestly, these oddities are starting to wear me thin but I must admit I laughed at the closing moments of the teaser riffing on Cronenberg with "Cars are dead. Long live motorcycles!"

L is an official selection of both Sundance and Rotterdam and I expect it'll be making the festival rounds throughout 2012.

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