Billed as a “coming of middle-age story”, the first 20 minutes of Suntan is easily mistaken for a charming melodrama about rediscovering one’s youth. But this tale of obsession, emotional immaturity and entitlement is much more interesting, and darker, than that.
Kostis (Efthymis Papadimitriou) arrives as the new doctor an small, unnamed Greek island. Arriving in the depths of winter, the island’s friendly inhabitants promise Kostis that it’s a different place in the summer when young European tourists arrive for sun, surf and uncomplicated fun. Kostis, though, may be more suited to the anti-social winter months.
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