La Cumparsita, 1997

1 male - 1 female

Panagiotis Mentis

A meeting between two people – a man and a woman – who try to reach an agreement on a minor land dispute, will become an opportunity for them to come face-to-face with the frustration and errors of their lives. Late at night,  in a coffee bar shortly before closing time, a couple unexpectedly “encounters” their youth. Life memories, dreams, frustrations, dependencies, betrayed love, and the desperate search for affection and love against the backdrop of a country that refuses to understand its history and builds its future on non-existent foundations. The personal unexpectedly becomes the common denominator of a world that is collapsing amid fake structures. A couple in a perpetual Tango (La cumparsita, is the title of a famous Tango song, and the name of the coffee bar where the meeting occurs). It is a tango equivalent to an armed conflict between a man and a woman, who try to accuse each other for whatever they have gone through.

This is a story that transcends the borders of a country, since human relationships, love, and war always have casualties. Wherever there are humans.


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[Translation Elena Delliou]


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