Honey and the Pig 2005
Loukoumades me meli (original title)
1h 26min | Comedy | 7 January 2005 (Greece)
Manos returns to his hometown where he finds his children love and starts a chain of events that leads to the uncovering of a dark secret.
Olga Malea’s new comedy raised quite a ruckus when it opened in Athens, offending many people with its comedic framing of a hunt for a pedophile. The comedy actually opens up the characters of people surrounding the molester and creates a sense of humanity and depth without in any way excusing the crime. In fact, as it unfolds, some of the zaniness that builds the comedy is revealed as having more purpose and hidden depth than is apparent at first.
The romantic leads, Hristos Loulis and Faye Xila, are very engaging and sexy, he in a very sweet, vulnerable, natural way, she as a comedic over-sexed goth working as an undertaker’s assistant. The funereal aspect is a bit of a cross between “Six Feet Under” and the old Keystone Kop farces, but part of the charm of the comically disastrous events surrounding the funerals is the insight into Greek customs, especially as they are being complicated by modernization.
“9” seems a high rating as so much of the movie is really quite good, but not really top notch, (more like a 7 or 8) yet the outstanding way in which it handles a very touchy subject earns it extra points, and the overall juggling of the different erotic and comedic themes, along with the more delicate material is extremely deft.
Director: Olga Malea
Writers: Apostolos Alexopoulos, Christina Kallas (consultant writer)
Stars: Christos Loulis, Fay Xyla, Vladimiros Kiriakidis
Release Date: 7 January 2005 (Greece)
Also Known As: Honey and the Pig
Filming Locations: Athens, Greece