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also known as Angelos

Angel1982

  • 2.9
ANGEL is George Katakouzinos' ground breaking, boldly told tragedy of innocence betrayed. It is the first openly gay film in Greek history to have received major theatrical distribution both domestically and abroad. Angel, a young handsome Athenian, attempts to escape his abusive alcoholic father and the grinding poverty of his daily life by falling in love with a macho sailor who promises him a better life. But survival on the margins proves risky and difficult, so Angel's lover persuades him to work the streets as a transvestite prostitute in order to make ends meet. After a series of dangerous and humiliating encounters, Angel revolts in a sudden bust of shocking and cathartic violence. One of the most successful films in Greece history, ANGEL beautifully spotlights a nocturnal Athens of street hustlers and garish bars.

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Member Reviews (6)

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Ultimately, the movie didn't work for me because Angelo was too intelligent not to get out and find another life. He really wasn't trapped and could have walked away from it anytime. The movie provided no reason why he did not. In the end, I didn't get it, and it was very depressing. The handsome actor's beauty was the only redeeming quality of the movie.

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A standard "tragic homosexual" film that implausibly apes the pimp/helpless female story A lonely gay man with a messed up family falls in love with a beautiful, seductive straight pimp, only to be transformed into a ransvestite whore, with the expected consequences. By a modern audience's standard, it's dated and pretty unbelivable.

How easily one can fall to the depths of despair and degradation at the hands of others...

Very 1980s drama interesting but a little over the top even for the first gay greek film and found the story a little confusing at times

good story line, rate this movie average.Lead actors seemed a bit older than the parts they were portraying

The movie was right on the mark as far as the attitude of Greeks toward gay people. I was partnered to a Greek for seven years and visited Greece several times so I know what I am talking about. I felt sorry for the young man. Never once did he smile! That's Greek! Everything in life is a tragedy, a serious drama. I don't think the young man really ever was happy, even when he was beginning his relationship with the sailor. The sailor was a real scum bag. The young man did not deserve him. It was a good movie but a bit slow for my taste.