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Young Aphrodites

2.7 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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Parallel stories of Eros set in 200 B.C. Nomadic shepherds, plagued by drought, happen on a fishing encampment with plentiful fresh water. The local men are away but will return when it rains; the shepherds stay to refresh their flock until the rain comes. A shepherd lad and a local girl, both on the verge of puberty, start a mating dance. Also, one of the shepherds approaches a beautiful local woman, inviting her to sleep with him. How will she respond? She's married, her husband at sea for the week. Is love forever or temporary? A subtext dramatizes the capture of fish, birds, foxes, and other animals: their fates seem arbitrary.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Eleni Prokopiou, Takis Emmanuel, Kleopatra Rota, Vangelis Ioannidis, Zannino
  • Directors: Nikos Koundouros
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Greek
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Cinema Epoch
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2016
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDFI7O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,246 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Young Aphrodites" on IMDb

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By John Costanza on May 13, 2008
Format: DVD
Overall, a very well made movie. But the most fascinating aspect of this film--- which I believe indeviduals who give this film a bad review forget--- is that the film is based on an ancient Greek myth, and interpreted by modern Greeks. That is why I have given this film 5 stars; because from the music to the actors, the whole production is authentically Greek. And after all, that is the point of viewing foreign films! The erotic aspect... well, any boy who has gone through puberty should be able to understand the almost hapless.. I mean helpless state of the boy in the film. Truly the story of us all.
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The appeal of this film is 12-year-old Kleopatra Rota's inability to keep her body covered with the wisp of a garment provided by the costume department. However the film as a whole has a haunting beauty and the feeling of a bleak fairy tale. it begs to be read allegorically. You have men in the wilderness with their animals, women behind the wall of a village. A mature woman longs for the freedom, sexual and otherwise, the shepherds enjoy and struggles with her desire personified by a mature shepherd. A young girl struggles with her emerging sexuality in an innocent game with a boy just feeling his hormones, and is raped and surrenders to a somewhat older boy so besotted with hormones he can't speak. Taken together, the five characters represents, stages, motivations, and possibilities of the never ending dance between men and women. But this is all done visually, with a subtle story arc, so that you feel the motivations without having them articulated. The characters are fantastic, the music great, everything a bit exotic. Way better than all the david hamilton films put together.
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This film is a mixture of realism and myth. There are hints of Daphnis and Chloe, but this is not their story at all.

A naive and good young boy (played by a blonde boy of about eleven) travels with a group of sheepherders. At one of their stops, he wanders off and finds a mysterious young girl of about 13 or 14. He falls in love with her, but she plays hard to get and sets tasks for him to do in order to win her. At one point, she teases him wearing a loose garment off one shoulder. There are several shots in which her young breasts are visible, but the twilight is dim. At the end (spoiler coming), an older boy of his group sees the girl, throws her to the ground and rapes her. She screams and resists at first, then throws herself into it. The boy is totally disallusioned, and we see him walking off into the sea dragging the albatross that has been a bond between him and the girl throughout the movie.

That's really it. You make of it what you will, but few people will be able to watch this movie and not have strong mixed feelings of one kind or another.
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Unless a viewer has some knowledge about Greek culture and literature, it would be possible to not appreciate this movie. I have been to Greece,
studied the Greek language and had college courses that included Greek ancient history, mythology, culture and literature. One of the well-known myths is the saga about Daphne and Chloe, on an Island (Lesbos?). This film by Nilkos Koundouros seems to be a very excellent contemporary
rendition of Daphne and Chloe in an authentic primitive setting; it was filmed in the ancient ruins and countryside by the sea in Greece. The viewer
must be focused on the nature of a foreign culture to understand the context in which two young Greek adolescents experience the start of puberty.
The youngsters are in a primitive world surrounded by real Greek dancers, shepherds and peasants. In that austere atmosphere of a savage nomadic life, the young Greeks struggle as virgins with the first emotional symptoms of puberty such as lust, physical sexual desire. Some of the nudity may be perplexing, but in some cultures both girls and boys are public with bare chests until puberty begins. Notice the young Girl becomes
preoccupied with covering her breasts for the first time, and notice the boy pulls away her top as though he does not want to see her virginity change in protest of a budding puberty that both of them are vexed with new emotional attractions that are mysterious to understand. This is an excellent DVD for a foreign film which a genuine Greek Producer attempts to illustrate about the land and culture of his native land.
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The film The Young Aphrodites is loosely based on Daphnis and Chloe , one of the best known early Greek romances, precursors to the modern novel. It has been reinterpreted in music and art by Ravel and Chagall and in cinema by Nikos Koundouros in 1963.

Written by Longus in the second century A.D, Daphnis and Chloe is a classical romance involving the adventures of two foundling children raised by adopted parents who are humble shepherds in the idyllic setting of the Isle of Lesbos. It is a famous love story that captures the awakening of a first love between two teenagers who don't know what is happening to them. The novel that was written almost two thousand years ago is surprisingly modern; it is erotic, tender, romantic, sensual, and simply beautiful.

The ancient but forever young tale of the sexual awakening as adapted and retold by Nikos Koundouros in Young Aphrodites, takes place on a poetic island that might have came from ancient times. The film it full of symbolism, innocence, and darkness of desire and longing. Young Aphrodites, may and will disturb some or perhaps many viewers who are uncomfortable with the subject of youth sexuality, especially by the very young age of two actors, and by (even if artfully done) nudity of a young actress playing Chloe, Comparing to the novel of Dafnis and Chloe, the film is much darker and its ending can be viewed as dramatic even heartbreaking loss of innocence and first overwhelming love. The film creator, the Greek Director Nikos Koundouros refers to it as a film of desperation - "Desperation which is described in beautiful blue waters of Aegean Sea, with two young kids exploring their bodies.
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