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Jacqueline Lentzou (director)

(studio)

108 (certificate)

12A (length)

June 24, 2022 (published)

9am




Artemis (Sofia Kokkali) is back in Athens after a very long time to take care of her father Paris (Lazaros Georgakopoulos) who has muscular dystrophy which leaves him weak. They’ve clearly had a rocky relationship in the past, which seems to be obvious to the extended family in the house. This could be why they’re interviewing caregivers, though it’s unclear if this is to help Artemis or take over later.

Trying to reconnect with someone she never had a good relationship with would be problematic at the best of times. With the increased pressure and frustration from the state of Paris, it’s much more difficult with Artemis, who may have mental health issues herself. Sometimes she finds herself in her own world to relieve herself as she slides and dances on a damp patio. Only for the real-world pressures to hit her multiple times; when she collapses while stuffing the comforter into the blanket, later playing out a possible incident earlier in her life as herself and a father who turns ugly.

Nonetheless, Artemis dutifully learns to watch her father by taking care of his diet and exercise. And shit when she gets a wheelchair for him, and castigated for it by the professionals. The family is somewhat in the background, with the interviews and gaffes about charades and table tennis, offering questionable support for Artemis and mild relief for the viewer.

There are a lot of ifs and maybes in Moon, 66 Question. The only certainty being that Paris is very sick, he and Artemis have had difficulties over the years and a revelation later. There’s a lot left for the viewer to build from old VHS recordings intercutting with Artemis’ narrative and voiceover, much like the various forward-looking tarot cards. All will have a clear meaning for the first screenwriter and director Jacqueline Lentzou, perhaps less for the public.

There is a question of fact about the film but it is by no means cold. Lentzou draws strong performances from the cast, Kokkali is particularly expressive with her facial expressions that sometimes don’t require words.

If the elements are sometimes abstract, the central postulate of the film is clear: the belated agreement and the reconciliation between Artémis and Paris. It’s beautifully developed in a touching way with a wonderful scene when they both eat ice cream while sealing it.

There are screenings and Q&As at the following locations:

Woman with a film camera, BFI Southbank | June 22
Preview and Q&A with Jacqueline Lentzou

Preview and introduction, ICA | June 23
Preview and Intro by Jacqueline Lentzou

Short films by Jacqueline Lentzou and Q&A, ICA | June 24
Screening of short films by Jacqueline Lentzou, followed by a Q&A

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