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Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos • 2005 • Greece
Starring Evangelina Randou, Aris Servetalis, Costas Xikominos
The first feature for which celebrated international auteur Yorgos Lanthimos received solo directorial credit, KINETTA takes place in a desolate Greek resort town where three tenuously connected people are linked by mysterious, unsettling impulses. A plainclothes cop pursues triple passions for cars, tape recorders, and Russian women; a lonely, lovesick clerk works as a part-time photographer; and a hotel maid aspires to be an actor through unconventional methods. Darkly comic and insinuatingly hypnotic, this tantalizingly cryptic puzzle film finds Lanthimos first working through the themes of power and control that he would explore to increasing renown in art-house sensations like DOGTOOTH, THE LOBSTER, and THE FAVOURITE.