Thanos and Despina

Synopsis: Katina, an impoverished Greek woman, tries to arrange the marrage of her shepherd son, Thanos, to Despina, the daughter of a wealthy landowner. But when Despina's father, Vlahopoulos refuses to give his blessings and wants Despina to marry a more wealthy gentleman, named Yankos. The wealthy and spoiled Yankos plots to break up the romantic union between Thanos and Despina any way posible while the young lovers plot to run away in a futile attempt to being a new life for themselves.
Genre: Drama
96 min

What's wrong today?

You came before midday.

I want to marry you, my son.

I'm going to make a matchmaking.

But where? Where are you going?

Never mind, I'll find a good dowery.

I'll show them this.

You just wait here.

I'm going to Vlahopoulos.

- I don't think he'll deny us his daughter!

- Vlahopoulos is an important man.

He used to be our boss. Don't go!

I'm going. I don't want

Australia to take you away.

Australia! Australia!

I'm here for a matchmaking for the bride.

What did you say?

I didn't quite understand you.

I told you Vlahopoulos

that I come for a matchmaking.

I have a man for your daughter.

Leave us alone, Costas.

Who are you?

Come closer.

Good morning, Katina.

What's your name?

Don't you remember me, Vlahopoulos?

My late husband used to work for you.

He died here at your house.

My name is Katina Zekou.

I am Thanos's mother.

You were relatives with my husband.

Oh yes. We were distant relatives.

Very distant.

Yes. Very distant.

Come closer.

Just tell me. Who sends you?

He who sends me wants

to learn how much first.

How much is the dowery?

Oh, he first wants to know about the dowery.

He says that if the

amount he's been told is right,

he won't take your daughter.

With such a low dowery, he says,

you'll only find a loser.

Oh, I almost forgot.

He knows your daughter.

He knows her well.

Come on! Tell me right away.

Who is it?

He gives you an advice.

To marry her right away

because nowadays...

Shut up! Will you tell me his name?

Don't shout! How much?

If you tell me his name, I'll give you

a great gift for Easter.


I swear! In my daughter's life.

- 25 Drachmas.

- How much?

To buy a nice pair of socks for

your son.

For Easter.

It's Thanos.

Thanos? Thanos who?

Thanos Zekos, my son.

Your son? Go away!

- Why?

- Get out of here.

Why? My son is not good enough for you?

- Go away!

- Look at this. Look! It's his.

- He brought it from Germany.

- Out or I'll hurt you!

- He stole it!

- Lies!

- He's a thief!

- Lies! He worked nine months in the factory!

- Just look at your daughter. Big deal!

- This is why they sent him away.

- Close the door.

I have fields, 17 workers,

that are worth a thousand times

more than your miserable son.

I know! I know what you

give them.

I buried my husband barefoot!

I'll run over you!

You old hag.

Come! Come and run me over,

if you dare.

Not even your machine works.

My son would have fixed it.

Get her.

Grab her and throw her outside.

- Leave me!

- He's a thief that dishonored us.

He's a whore's son!

You heard him? He called me a whore.

Me! Katina Zekou!

The old priest Vangelis's daughter.

Damn you, Vlahopoulos!

Me, a whore?


Grab this, Vlahopoulos.

You losers. This is all that's left to me.


- Where were you?

- Right here, father.

- Where here?

- Here.

What's wrong?

Leave us alone. I want to

speak with your daughter.

- But what's wrong?

- Leave us alone, I tell you.

God have mercy.

When did you meet him again?

- Who?

- Him.

The thief! This old hag's son.

- I didn't meet him again.

- Lies!

Answer to me right now.

When did you last see him?

A year ago.

When he got back from Germany.

And you've never seen him again?

- No.

- He!

The murderer!

And now he sends his mother to me!


To me! Vlahopoulos! What is happening?

What's wrong nowadays?

Despina, Despina, my daughter.

Are you sure he

never saw you again?

Are you sure he never approached you?

Are you sure he never touched you?

Come. Come closer.

You old hag. You jinx.

Come and sit down.


Daddy, what's wrong?

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Nikos Papatakis

Nico Papatakis (Greek: Νίκος Παπατάκης; 5 July 1918 – 17 December 2010) was a Greek- Ethiopian-born naturalised French filmmaker, who lived in France. more…

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