Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

THE MATING GAME
(I DHIAKRITIKI GOITIA TON ARSENIKON)

Year: 1999
Country: Greece
Run Time: 90 minutes

Not all Greek comedy is as ancient as Aristophenes. This bubbly farce, known in its native tongue as "The Discreet Charm of the Male Sex," was a smash hit with Hellenistic audiences, but viewers from Athens, Greece to Athens, Ohio can appreciate the ups and downs, the fates and furies of its modern heroines ? three cosmopolitan sisters hungry for the right Mr. Right. Emily is a chic but intimidating businesswoman, for whom any man who isn't too weak is too strong, never perfectly suitable. Laura, a fitness assistant with no shortage of admirers at the gym, invests all her love and patience into sexually-unrewarding workouts as longtime mistress to an older, married man (who cares about her panties somewhat more than he does about her). Elena, the youngest, is an artist-activist and habitual boy-toy, so into parties and Hydra-headed multiple couplings that none of her boyfriends take her very seriously as a commitment. Each sister tries to make an ideal match for the others, but not one seems able to take care of herself, resulting in a Gordian Knot of tangled relationships. (In Greek with English subtitles.)

Screenplay
Olga Malea, Apostolos Alexopoulos.

Director
Olga Malea

Producer
Pandelis Mitropoulos.

Cinematography
Platon Andronidis.

Editing
Giorgos Mavropsaridis.

Principal Cast
Natalia Dragoumi, Lida Matsangou, Natalia Stylianou, Filippos Sofianos, Kleon Grigoriadis.

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