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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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English subtitles. I want Amazon to indicate foreign language films. Now the only way to tell is to start the movie.Published 3 days ago by Napemen
Very old B/W accompanying music soundtrack scratchy and garbled with pretty sparse and poor sub-titles. Story line is love and itinerant goat herders.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Crude attempt to be artsy failed. Good amateur film, I guess, but if you are not an film student, a total waste of time.Published 11 days ago by R. Jones