Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 3rd, 2018
Theatrical Release Date: Greece, 1990
Director: Dimitris Panayiotatos
Writers: Petros Markaris, Ninos-Fenek Mikelidis
Cast: Benoit Roussel, Christine Skaza, Takis Moschos, Arto Apartian, Nantia Deliyanni, Petros Kokosis, Vana Lentzou, Despoina Paga, Dimitris Poulikakos
DVD released: February 13th, 2018
Approximate Running Time: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Greek
DVD Release: Mondo Macabro
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
“Sylvia and Angelos have an intense relationship. Too intense for Sylvia, who breaks it off. Three years later, with Angelos dead, Sylvia lives with a doctor and works for a record company. Her new life is suddenly invaded by a succession of bizarre events: strange deaths occur around her and she experiences a series of involuntary orgasms, as though a man she can feel but not see is making love to her – in the street, at work, in her car. All of this seems connected in some way with a mysterious musician she is trying to track down, a man who constantly evades her; until one night her phone rings….” – Synopsis provided by the Distributor
Just when you thought, that every avenue had been explored, in regards to time traveler. Along comes a film like Lover Beyond Time, that puts an inventive spin, on time traveling.
From a production standpoint, there is not an area where this film, does not achieve its goals. The premise is well executed and the film’s ending, perfectly concludes that events that have just unfolded. And pacing is not an issue, as key moments are given an ample amount of time to resonate.
Without a doubt, this film’s greatest strength are its visuals. This is a film that relies heavily on mood and the visuals do a superb job reinforcing, said mood. Another strength of this film is its erotic set pieces.
The two main characters and their motivations are well defined. Performance wise the cast are very good in their respective roles. With this film’s heart and soul, being the performances of its two leads, Christine Skaza in the role of Sylvia and Benoit Roussel in the role Angelos. Ultimately, Lovers Beyond Time is a very satisfying mix of melodrama, erotica and science fiction.
Mondo Macabro presents Lovers Beyond Time in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended aspect ratio. Though the source for this releases transfer appears to comes from a dated source, the end result is another strong transfer from Mondo Macabro.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Greek and included with this release are removable English subtitles. Dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include, the Mondo Macabro’s Promo Reel, a trailer for the film (2 minutes 34 seconds, in Greek with English subtitles), an episode titled The Last Meal from a Greek Twilight Zone style TV series called Tales of Love and Terror (26 minutes 58 seconds, in Greek with English subtitles), an interview with director Dimitris Panayiotatos titled The Erotic, The Fantastic (25 minutes 21 seconds, in English) and a feature length documentary about the untold story of Greek genre cinema over the last 50 years titled Strangers in a Strange Land (96 minutes 18 seconds, in Greek with English subtitles).
Topics discussed in the interview with Dimitris Panayiotatos include, fantastic cinema, films that have influenced him, his origins as a filmmaker, L’usine du vampire, the Greek film industry, background information about the T.V. series Tales of Love and Terror, The Night with Silena, Lovers Beyond Time / the cast / production related topics and why the film was not released outside of Greek theatrically.
Overall Loves Beyond Time gets an excellent release from Mondo Macabro, highly recommended.