"Suntan" is a coming of 'middle-age' film, from Greek filmmaker Argyris Papadimitropoulos, that celebrates the beauty and strength of the youthful body, while simultaneously embracing its inevitable decay. For middle-aged Kostis (Makis Papadimitriou), life has passed him by. As the newly appointed doctor of a tiny island, Kostis spends a dreary winter alone. By the time summer arrives, though, the island has turned into a thriving, wild vacation spot with nude beaches and crazy parties. When Kostis meets the beautiful and flirty Anna, he falls hard for her and goes out of his way to conquer and impress her. Before long, Kostis is spending nearly all of his time getting drunk, partying hard, and even making out with Anna (Elli Tringou). What starts as a rediscovery with his long-lost youth, though, slowly turns into an obsession as Kostis is willing to do whatever it takes to keep his Anna. The eternal Greek summer provides the perfect background for this extravagance of craving and everything that goes with it: flirting, casual sex, drugs, alcohol and pushing the boundaries to see how far your body can go.
Outsider's Descent Into Madness
- Suntan review by TE
Cleverly paced narrative exploring the disintegration of a haunted man. This central character is brilliantly played. From the outset there is a hint of inner turmoil, despite the beautiful island setting.
One of the film's triumphs is that we are still able to feel sympathy for the tortured hero, a man completely out of synch with both the native islanders and the rich wasters who descend on the beaches in the summer. His pathetic attempt at redemption through an impossible desire is both tragic and inevitable.