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Miracle of the Sargasso Sea (The)

Greece | Germany | Netherlands | Sweden, Greek | English , 121 mins

Original Title

To thávma tis thálassas ton Sargassón
  • Director: Syllas Tzoumerkas
  • Writer: Syllas Tzoumerkas; Youla Boudali
  • Producer: Maria Drandaki

CGiii Comment

Elisabeth is police chief of the Greek coastal town of Mesolongi. When she speaks, it sounds like angry barking. She drinks too much, constantly swears and is sleeping with a married doctor. Her transfer from Athens to this small fishing village ten years ago still rankles with her. Her adolescent son Dimitris is all too familiar with his mother’s moods. If she overdoes it after a shared dinner in a bar, he goes home. Rita comes from Mesolongi and works in a factory; her brother is something of a local celebrity. He sometimes makes her join him on stage during his club appearances. Rita is also deeply dissatisfied. But then a death tears apart the already fragile network of relationships between the villagers, revealing an even more damaged structure beneath.

Syllas Tzoumerkas’s third film portrays an extraordinary policewoman in the shape of Elisabeth. His protagonist is bulky, frustrated and ungracious. Angeliki Papoulia’s brilliant performance and the surprisingly shocking plot of To Thávma tis thálassas ton Sargassón (The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea) means we are served up a small-town nightmare garnished with eels and several layers of interpretation.


Cast & Characters

Angeliki Papoulia as Elisabeth
Youla Boudali as Rita
Hristos Passalis as Manolis
Argyris Xafis as Vassilis
Thanasis Dovris as Michalis
Laertis Malkotsis as Andreas
Maria Filini as Axel
Michalis Kimonas as Vangelis
Christian Culbida as Dimitris
Thanos Tokakis as Priest
Laertis Vasiliou as Grigoris
Katerina Helmy as Mother
Alkistis Poulopoulou as Faye
Romanos Kalokyris as Student in Athens
Areti Seidaridou as Eleftheria

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