The Zero Years

Synopsis: Today as tomorrow and as yesterday. Four women, who have been sterilized and are under constant toxic restraint and surveillance, are serving their term in a government-run brothel. Their duty is to have sex and beat their customers without remorse. The relations between them are at a critical point; food and water are scarce, their house is rotting and ready to collapse. Nothing on the outside exists any more. Nightmarish visions, simulated miscarriages and rapes, injections and nausea all make up their daily routine. Yet their dream - even though they have been sterilized by the State - is to have a child. One day, one of their customers disappears. The interrogations begin.
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Nikos Nikolaidis
  1 win & 2 nominations.
123 min

A film by Nikos Nikolaidis

- Who are you?

- Who are you?

I live here.

Good. I'll be living here

too for a bit.

Get'em up.

I have to frisk you.

Is this necessary?

- Aren't you the new one?

- I am the new one.

Then get them up!

- What are you hiding here?

- What am I hiding?

One of your tits is bigger.

One of my tits happens

to be bigger.

How is that possible?

I don't think it's the right

time to discuss it.

I was born that way.

Yes... and I've come all the way

from hell, so I'm very tired.

Can I come in?

As soon as I'm done.

- Did you see anyone outside?

- Outside? No.

There are two men downstairs

watching the house.

To be honest. I didn't notice...

maybe, but I didn't notice...

Aren't you cold?

- What's that?

- Bag, clothes.

- And that?

- Suitcase, clothes.

All right.

Come in...

Hey, listen...

Go to the living room but stay

away from the window.

Come on, wake up...

The new one's here.

Did you tell her to stay away

from the window?

They've been broken

for a while...

Why don't you take off

your coat?

Oh yeah, right...

They've been that way since

the mice ate the wires...

Want one of mine?

- Where did you come from?

- Far away...

Twelve hours at sea...

I'm still swaying.

- How many years?

- What?

- How many years?

- Six...

In other words,

I'm almost done...

They told me to come here

to wait for my paper.

Anybody want coffee?

Good morning.

Isn't that what we do

every morning?

I was...

She's trying to impress

the new one.

One second...

- Are we sure about the cameras?

- They're broken.

- She knows.

- Mice ate the wires.

- She knows that too.

- Then why is she asking?

Coffee... smell it.

- It reminds me of real coffee.

- It is... real.

In fact it has some

chicory root too.

Where did you find it?

I can't smell a thing.

I feel sick.

An ashtray.


- What are those?

- Open them.

Don't put it near your nose.

It could be poisoned.

They may have injected poison.

You know what they do? They

jab the needle into the stem...

- Move over.

- Can't you see I'm talking?

They jab the needle into the

stem, infuse the poison...

and you see nothing.

What are you talking about?

What do you think?

We don't know her...

She knocks on the door and says

"I'm the new one"...Great! So?

So! I've got all my papers

with me.

Big deal. I can make you

as many as you want.

We don't know you!

And all this... Where did

you get all this stuff?

Well, I say we throw

it all away...

and you go wash your hands

right now.

All right... all right.

Oh they've sagged... A bit.

- What are you doing?

- What did I do?

This is the best piece. Watch...

You take it and start to cut

it into tiny pieces.

Then you take the rest...

This is boiling. Do I throw

them in?

Yes... Did you cut


Add some salt.

- Let me see. Is it deep?

- I'm okay.

But keep tasting them so

they won't overcook.

- Over what?

- Nothing.

Now, listen to this story,

just for laughs.

So, one day these cannibals

caught four hunters.

An Englishman!

An American, a...

- What were they hunting?

- What? What were they hunting?

For the record,

it doesn't matter.

The cannibals were hunting

people to eat and the people...

were hunting animals

so they could eat too.

Calm down... or you'll get

an egg.

Okay, why are you so touchy?

Why won't you let her

tell her story?

If it's one of those...

"dirty" stories...

I don't want to hear it.

- How do you know?

- What do you mean?

How do you know it's gonna

be "dirty"?

Besides you can't relate to any

of this since you can't come.

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Nikos Nikolaidis

Nikos Georgiou Nikolaidis (Greek: Νίκος Γεωργίου Νικολαΐδης) (25 October 1939, Athens, Greece – 5 September 2007, Athens, Greece) was a Greek film director, screenwriter, film producer, writer, theatre director, assistant director, record producer, television director, and commercial director. He is usually considered a representative of European avant-garde and experimental art film. more…

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