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Hard Goodbyes: My Father (2002)

Dyskoloi apohairetismoi: O babas mou (original title)
In 1969 Athens, a 10 year old boy struggles to come to terms with the sudden death of his father.


Jan Fleischer (screenplay analysis), Penny Panagiotopoulou | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Yorgos Karayannis ... Ilias Manolopoulos
Stelios Mainas ... Hristos Manolopoulos
Ioanna Tsirigouli ... Mother
Christos Stergioglou ... Theodosis
Hristos Bouyotas Hristos Bouyotas ... Aris Manolopoulos
Despo Diamantidou ... Grandmother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Myrto Apostolidou Myrto Apostolidou ... Nurse
Eftyhia Dedousi Eftyhia Dedousi ... Old Woman in Nursing Home
Dimitris Drosos Dimitris Drosos ... Car Buyer
Konstadinos Grammenos Konstadinos Grammenos ... Classmate
Dimitris Imellos ... Teacher
Michalis Karatzas Michalis Karatzas ... Classmate
Marina Latzanaki Marina Latzanaki ... Classmate
Panagiotis Lykavgeris Panagiotis Lykavgeris ... School Visitor
Hippolyte Lykavieris Hippolyte Lykavieris ... School Visitor


Elias is a 10 year old boy living in Athens with his family in 1969 and has an interest in Jules Verne's stories and in astronomy. His father, with whom Elias has a strong relationship, is a travelling salesman and his absence affects the whole family. On the eve of his departure for a long business trip he promises his son that he'll be back in time to watch the moon landing on TV together, but he is killed in a car accident. While Elias' mother and his elder brother deal with the loss in their own way, Elias refuses to accept his father's death. He creates an imaginary world, in which his father is alive. He shares fictitious stories with his friends, he sends letters to his grandmother on behalf of his father and he dreams of places like he did with him. Elias' mother and his godfather, who do everything to bring him back to reality, take him to a summer house. On the night of the moon landing Elias meets his father in his own way and comes to terms with his loss. Written by Alkistis Zografou

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If you're so far away, how come I can hear you? See more »


Drama | Family


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Greece | Germany



Release Date:

27 December 2002 (Greece) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


Color (Fujicolor)
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References Oikogeneia Horafa (1968) See more »


Ena asteri peftei peftei
Performed by Vicky Mosholiou
Composed by Apostolos Kaldaras
Lyrics by Giorgos Samoladas
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one of the most beautiful and touching films I've ever seen.
23 December 2003 | by apple-humanSee all my reviews

don't listen to stupid people that write stupid reviews ("littlesiddie: Absolutely nothing happens in this movie except actors trying, unsuccessfully, to pretend to have big, mostly sorrowful, emotions")

i just get so mad when people are idiots.

well littlesiddie, you might not realize but the work done with the boy on this film is far more than amazing. the acting is breathtaking. the imagination in the film making is nearly matched by the beauty of the photography. events are fresh and accurate at mastery level.

its the small details that still echo inside me even though months have passed since i saw it, truly an astonishing film.

i hold this movie as my filmmaking guide.

apple-human: religious filmmaker

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