Pity

Directed by Babis Makridis
New Europe Film Sales
2019
99 Minutes
Greece, Poland
Greek
Comedy
Not Rated
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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.

  • Highest Rating
    "A disturbing and oftentimes very funny satire-drama."
    Tomris Laffly, RogerEbert.com
  • Highest Rating
    "The laughs derive naturally from Drakopoulos’ pitch-black performance. There’s a rhyme and reason to Makridis’ cinematic request."
    Sam Fragoso, The Wrap
  • Highest Rating
    "Its sharpest passages ... exert the bracing, mouth-shuddering tang of neat ouzo: You know how it's going to taste, but it leaves you wincing anyway."
    Guy Lodge, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "An eye-catching central performance from comedian Yannis Drakopoulos, which combines deadpan, almost Keatonesque absurdity with spikes of utter malevolence."
    Wendy Ide, Screen International
  • Highest Rating
    "As stylized as Makridis’ second feature is, it’s grounded in recognizable behavior, and its sly, dry playfulness reverberates with fascinating questions about emotions and how we portray them. Pity deconstructs the artifice of feeling and, most wickedly, movie sentimentality."
    Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Highest Rating
    "A delightfully nasty piece of work, refusing to let either the lawyer or the audience off the hook as Makridis keenly observes how expressing sympathy has become ritualized to the point it no longer has meaning."
    Stephen Salto, Moveable Fest

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