On an idyllic Greek island awash in sunshine, the portly, middle-aged Kostis (Makis Papadimitriou, Chevalier) is the lone local doctor, a job that sees him joylessly attending to the bumps and bruises of over-exuberant young holidaymakers. One day, the lonely doctor takes care of a minor injury incurred by the lovely and hard-partying Anna (Elli Tringou). Soon thereafter, the smitten Kostis is playing the role of mascot as he tags along with Anna and her bronzed and sybaritic gang. But being on the periphery is not what Kostis has in mind...
Almost vicious in the unflinching way he contrasts young and middle-aged bodies, but spiking his taut narrative with a cutting dose of black humor, director Argyris Papadimitropoulos ratchets up the tension as Kostis's lustful infatuation evolves into a dangerous fixation...
"Suntan is an absorbing, discomfiting drama... What starts as a keenly observed, almost Chekhovian account of a country doctor-the subtly suffocating aspects of island community life are vividly sketched-turns into a dark, almost excruciatingly unblinking depiction of violent male obsession..." Edward Lawrenson, Sight & Sound
Winner: Best International Film, Edinburgh
|Running Time:||104 minutes|
|Awards:||Best International Film, Edinburgh|
|Producers:||Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Phaedra Vokali|
|Principal Cast:||Makis Papadimitriou, Elli Tringou, Milou Van Groessen, Dimi Hart, Hara Kotsali|
|Screenwriter:||Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Syllas Tzoumerkas|
|US Distributor:||Strand Releasing|