(Mikra Anglia) Pantelis Voulgaris’ 2013 dream project, “Little England,” is a nice slice of Greek pageantry, a richly melodramatic “women’s picture” centering on three young women on the Greek island of Andros in the 1930s and, as the slogan for the local release put it, “one house, one secret, one man, two sisters.” Ships come and go, the waves crash, passions thrive. Men leave for the sea, women await, triangles turn. The success of “Little England” at home in economically battered Greece testifies to the virtuous bustle of its very Hellenic sense of spectacle. Call it “earthy” at your own risk. With Penelope Tsilika, Sofia Kokkali, Aneza Papadopoulou. 132m. (Ray Pride)
“Little England” opens Friday, June 12 at Siskel. A trailer is below.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His multimedia history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” will be published later this year.