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Eternity and a Day (1998)

Mia aioniotita kai mia mera (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 28 May 1999 (USA)
Famous writer Alexander is very ill and has little time left to live. He meets a little boy on the street, who is an illegal immigrant from Albania, and goes on a journey with him to take the boy home.

Director:

Theodoros Angelopoulos (as Theo Angelopoulos)

Writers:

Theodoros Angelopoulos (as Theo Angelopoulos), Tonino Guerra (co-writer) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bruno Ganz ... Alexandros
Isabelle Renauld ... Anna
Fabrizio Bentivoglio ... The Poet
Achileas Skevis ... The Child
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lazaros Andreou ... (as Lazarus Andreou)
Aristotelis Aposkitis ... (as Aristotle Aposkitis)
Despina Bebedelli ... Alexandros' Mother (as Despina Bebedeli)
Iris Chatziantoniou ... Alexandros' Daughter
Dimitris Fotsinos-Safrantzas Dimitris Fotsinos-Safrantzas ... Kid (as Dimitri Fotsinos-Safrantzas)
Petros Fyssoun ... Alexandros (voice) (as Petros Fissoun)
Eleni Gerasimidou ... Ourania
Rony Gianari Rony Gianari
Milena Giannakidou Milena Giannakidou ... (as Milena Gianakidou)
Mihalis Giannatos ... Ticket Inspector (as Mihalis Yanatos)
Themis Gousoulis ... Kid
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Storyline

Alexander, an old writer, is ill and prepared to die. He says his goodbyes and recalls his life with his wife long ago. While driving his car he saves a street kid, an illegal immigrant from Albania, from being arrested. Later in the day, by chance, he sees the same boy being abducted, and follows in his car. Although he is preoccupied with his own regrets, he puts death on hold to find a way to help the boy. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Artistic License Films

Country:

France | Italy | Greece | Germany

Language:

Greek | English | Italian

Release Date:

28 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eternity and a Day See more »

Filming Locations:

Greece See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,221, 31 May 1999

Gross USA:

$107,178

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$107,178
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Marcello Mastroianni was to have played the lead role but withdrew due to ill health. See more »

Goofs

When the child goes to see his dead friend Selim in the morgue, we can see Selim's right eyelid slightly blinking just after the child closes the door. See more »

Quotes

Alexandre: Why, mother, nothing happens as we wish? Why? Why does one have to rot in silence torn between pain and desire? Why did I live my life in exile. Tell me mother, why can't one learn to love?
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Connections

Follows The Suspended Step of the Stork (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Xenitemeno mou pouli
Folk song
Performed by Achileas Skevis
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"Kolya" meets "L'Avventura"
11 July 1999 | by Red"V"See all my reviews

Not as heart-warming as "Kolya," nor as powerful as "L'Avventura," but still a movingly worthwhile experience. The leaps from one point in the hero's lifetime to another are poignant. Many of the directorial flourishes are quite memorable; the wedding sequence is not to be missed!

Our hero, Alexos, exists in the present urban world in which the weather is gloomy and almost everyone wears black; but his mind wanders to the past, where the sun infallibly shines over the shore and nearly all wear white. Yet when Alexos imagines himself in his past, he's still shrouded in black; he can't even dream that he could be happy, until a street urchin appears to rattle him from his shell.

This film does contain elements we've seen before, but arranges them in a fresh way. It reminded me how precious and fleeting each moment really is, and how wondrous it can be to share our moments with others.


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