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. His wife, however, 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 addiction. 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.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Babis was born in Kastoria, northern Greece, in 1970. He studied film direction at the Stavrakos Film School in Athens. He started working as a director in 2000 and since he has directed countless commercials and video clips. His short film The Last Fakir (2005) won the Newcomer’s Prize at the Drama short film festival, Greece.
His debut feature L (2012) was presented in competition at Sundance Film Festival, Rotterdam Tiger Awards and many other international festivals. Pity is his second feature film.

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CAST

LawyerYannis Drakopoulos
WifeEvi Saoulidou
SisterNota Tserniafski
Dry Cleaner OwnerMakis Papadimitriou
NeighborGeorgina Chryskioti
SecretaryEvdoxia Androulidaki
BrotherNikos Karathanos

CREDITS

Director Babis Makridis
ScreenplayEfthimis Filippou, Babis Makridis
CinematographyKontantinos Koukoulios
EditorYannis Chalkiadakis
Production DesignAnna Georgiadou
Sound DesignLeandros Ntounis
Production CompaniesNeda Film, Faliro House, Madants, Beben Films
ProducersAmanda Livanou, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Klaudia Śmieja, Beata Rzeźniczek
Co-ProducersOnassis Foundation, Anthony Papadimitriou, Afroditi Panagiotakou, Peter Carlton, Magdalena Zimecka, Jacek Kulczycki, Stanisław Dziedzic
In co-production withOnassis Foundation, ERT, Greek Film Center, Studio Produkcyjne ORKA, Film Produkcja, Foss
Co-financed byPolish Film Institute
Supported byEurimages