Title: Hardcore

Also known as:
N/A

Year: 2004

Genre: Drama / Crime

Language: Greek

Runtime: 96 min

Director: Dennis Iliadis

Writer: Dennis Iliadis & Aleka Laskou

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0396630/

Plot:
After having left her family a young girl looks for a job and ends up working as a prostitute. Another girl, a year younger, is working under special conditions at the same brothel. When these two get to spend time with each other at work they end up falling in love, but still keeping their boytoys. One night they decide they need to get out of there.

Our thoughts:
I had no plans in reviewing this title when I sat down and watched it, and it has been sitting in my mind for a few days now, and I still didn't really know if I wanted to. But I figured it's a fairly obscure title that I think people should check out and the best way to get them to do that is to write a review. It's not gonna be my shortest review or anything, but the focus of it is to tell you that it exists. Who knows, maybe that's my best mode to write in?

It's a little Greek film that reminded me of "Sweet Karma" meets "S." but with less of an exploitive plot and with more focus on the relationship between two very young (16 and 17 year old) girls who meet at a brothel. They have both left their homes, the younger one after having burned down her house, and were just looking through ads for jobs and ended up as prostitutes. Their boss (pimp) has a special post-it system that categorizes the jobs by how much money they will get from them. The pair finally manages to get the big jobs, but things don't go so smoothly and eventually they decide they have to leave that place. Being sick of how girls are treated by the big man they pay him and a few others a violent visit.

Going by the plot, I had expected something more like "Baise-Moi", but it's definitely not an exploitation movie. At times I'd even say it's a romance. A very dark one, sure, but that's often what the story is about. It's a really stylish movie by looks, and it also sometimes just completely turns away from the otherwise serious tone of the movie, to throw in some really silly imagination scenes. And oddly enough it works. It keeps you entertained simply by mixing drama, crime, exploitation themes, experimental film, comedy, romance, etc.

The acting by the two girls is great, although both obviously older than their characters are. They have this teenage angsty thinking-they-know-what's-right thing going that without a doubt helps you believe these girls really are going through this at their age. Their relationship is very subtle but sincere while they keep boys for more shallow reasons.

Not an overly violent movie, it has some nice gunshots, and not really all that graphic in its sex scenes, it still acts and feels like some of the smuttier exploitation films. I admit being disappointed at first but for a fan of "S.", "Baise-Moi", "Sweet Karma", "Criminal Lovers", and other semi-exploitation stand-outs like I am, it's something worth checking out without a doubt. I can recommend it and I'm sure my initial opinion is lowered by the fact that I expected something more raw but got a heartfelt story instead. Seeing a movie like this from Greece makes me wanna explore even further for obscure titles because clearly there is a lot of talent in some of the most unexpected countries. That's honestly one of my favorite things about having this website - it keeps pushing me to find new titles to tell people about. Films I haven't heard about before and, hopefully in some cases, films you haven't heard of either.


Positive things:
- Turned out to be something much different than just femme fatale.
- Heartfelt in an exploitation-kind-of-way.
- Has some nice twists and turns in style.
- Pretty stylish movie overall.
Negative things:
- Expected something more along the lines of "Baise-Moi", and wasn't sure about the romance story at first.

Rating:
Gore: 1.5/5
Nudity: 2.5/5
Story: 3.5/5
Effects: 2.5/5
Comedy: 2/5

We bought this movie from:
Amazon.com

Reviewed by:
Ronny




 

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