Directed by: Fanis Topsachalidis
Written by: Fanis Topsachalidis
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Zero No Beginning, No End
The big question in this title is do people change? Does a young bully grow into an old one; or is there still hope for them? Kostas is the protagonist of Zero, No Beginning, No End and we start this journey at his place of work. Interestingly enough, this title has him dealing with people on a regular basis. As Topsachalidis guides us through Kostas's daily routine, we find out that things are not quite as happy as you think. Our hero is not much of a hero at all, but just a regular person.
Things get a little strange as we are introduced to a man with a cane. This is the surreal part of this film. Kostas let us know that he wasn't a good person. That he hurt things and held a hidden hatred. He was a bully. But as he got older, he began to regret his ways. What this title really pushes is that Kostas wants contact. He wants to be that nice polite person everyone thinks he is. He also want companionship. Nobody wants to be alone.
Zero, No Beginning, No End is definitely shrouded in imagery. It's also a little creepy but paints a clear cut path for this journey to take place. I contains dream/vision sequences, Kostas personal day dreams and of course, the mysterious man with the cane. His guide. For whatever reason, I was captivated by the water scene. I'm not sure why, but this scene really got to me. A self reflection if ever there was one. But for such a film of self discovery, Topsachalidis sure knows how to paint a picture. Strange and unusual but very effective.
For such a short film there is a lot of heart packed in. A lot of imagery and a subject we can all understand. Can we change? Should we change? Almost as important, does it take people to make us want to change? A visual journey that is creepy and reflective. Zero, No Beginning, No End is an easy 3 stars. Recommended viewing. Thank you for reading.