Mastroianni sheds all traces of movie-star glamour in one of his most intense, wrenching performances. He plays taciturn, stone-faced beekeeper Spryos, who, following the wedding of his daughter, makes an annual journey from the north of Greece to the south, traveling along with his hives. En route, he meets an erratic, young female drifter, with whom he strikes up an unusual, self-destructive relationship. The second film in Theo Angelopoulos’s “trilogy of silence” is a spare, haunting road movie in which moments of quiet contemplation are shattered by startling bursts of savagery.
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