Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 1st, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: Greece, 2012
Director: Babis Makridis
Writers: Efthymis Filippou, George Giokas, Babis Makridis
Cast: Aris Servetalis, Efthymis Papadimitriou, Lefteris Matthaiou, Nota Cherniavsky, Thanassis Dimou, Stavros Raptis, Yannis Bostantzoglou, Christoforos Skamnakis
DVD released: August 26th, 2014
Approximate running time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Greek
DVD Release: BrinkVision
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Synopsis: A forty year old man who spends his every moment in his car has his life turned upside down when his is replaced by another driver due to being late for work a second time.
Content wise, this film is equal parts melodrama and comedy. And though there are moments of humor throughout, it should be noted that many of these moments are not the type of things that one would normal laugh.
At the heart of this film is story about a man who is forced to start all over when it becomes clear that the life he once knew is no longer a viable option. And though the narrative is laid out in a simplistic way, this film subtly fills every moment with subtext. The best way to describe the events which unfold is that they are depictions of the fracture state of mind of this film’s protagonist who’s has been forced to go outside of his comfort zone.
Visually this film features several striking moments like a sequence where the protagonist is visited by his dead friend who proclaims that he is actually a bear! Another of these stand out visuals moments includes a scene where he arrives at his bosses home to deliver the honey he ordered, only to find his boss laying passed out on the lawn holding a hose the is sprouting water.
In other areas of this production pacing is never an issues as things unfold as a good pace from one madcap moment to the next. From a performance standpoint though the cast are good in their respective roles. The weight of this film rest on the shoulders of its leading man Aris Servetalis in the role of this film’s unnamed protagonist. He delivers a pitch perfect performance that is utterly convincing.
Never in all of my years of watching cinema has there ever been a film like L, that has challenged me more and at the same time left such a profound impact on my psyche.
BrinkVision presents L in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films intended aspect ratio. The source used is in very good shape as colors and flesh tones look accurate, details look crisp and there are no issues with compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Greek and English subtitles have been included with this release. Dialog is always clear and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film and three deleted scenes. Overall L gets a strong audio / video presentation from BrinkVision.