Sundance Film Review: Pity

Posted By admin on February 9, 2018 7:32pm

By: Brittany Conrad

In the face of tragedy, what happens when one becomes addicted to the kindness of others? In Pity, Greek filmmaker Babis Makridis explores one man’s taste for sympathy in this richly dark comedy. At times slow and drawn out, it is nonetheless hilarious in it’s portrayal of a man who will stop at nothing to feel. A pushover lawyer, played by Yannis Drakopoulos, and his son remain vigilant in mourning over their comatose wife and mother. Though unclear how long the wife has been in a coma, or what even caused it, we quickly come to realize her pain is not what matters most. From neighbors to the local dry cleaner, our unnamed main character is offered support and condolences which he comes to find are much welcomed. He comes to rely on his orange Bundt cake served every morning, and on hugs from his secretary. Though it is expected that his wife will die, she makes a miraculous recovery that deeply disrupts the life of our main character. Though he should be overjoyed, he becomes rife with grief about the abrupt halt to all of the sympathy he once relished. A man shattered by grief must reach a tipping point, and we see in the second half a shocking, disturbing turn of events has come to be expected from Makridis style. What lengths will a man go to feel? Extremely deadpan, and as black as a dark comedy could get, Pity is sure to evoke feeling from any audience.

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